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John Sheppard's Media vita: free download for NHS donations

Tudor composer John Sheppard wrote Media vita in morte sumus (In the midst of life we are in death) towards the end of his life, and himself died of the influenza epidemic that raged London in the 1550s.

We've decided to make the sheet music available for free in the link below, and all we ask that you donate what you can to our beloved NHS in these equally troubling times. 100 percent of donations will go to the NHS. Thank you!

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Download the PDF below:

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Alamire EP offers a new take on John Sheppard's Media vita

Well know for it's mammoth texture and scale, Media vita is one of the finest compositions to come out of Tudor England. It has been recorded by most of the world's finest early music ensembles, but this version offers a liturgical twist as the structure traditionally employed in previous performances and editions has largely been misunderstood.

Digital download via Apple Music, iTunes,Spotify and Amazon Music

Digital booklet may be downloaded at www.inventarecords.com

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Alamire records the polychoral works of Hieronymus Praetorius

We are pleased to announce our latest release on the new dedicated early music label INVENTA, with the polychoral works of north German Renaissance composer Hieronymous Praetorius (1560-1629). The programme includes motets for 8 to 20 voices, and Alamire is joined by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and organists Stephen Farr. Recorded in St Augustine's Kilburn, London, and the cathedral of Roskilde in Denmark.

Gramophone announcement may be found here: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/resonus-classics-launc...


Alamire performs Josquin in Zürich Early Music Festival

Alamire makes it debut in Zürich at this year's Forum Alte Musik Festival. A programme of Josquin featuring the Missa D'ung aultre amer, motets and chansons. 5pm in St Peter's Church.


David Skinner to lead the 4th Assisi Summer School with RunBySingers

Limited places still available for experienced singers on this exceptional week of Renaissance polyphony from Germany, Spain, Italy and England! Full details and programme may be found here: https://www.runbysingers.org/assisi-singing-holiday

Alamire takes The Spy's Choirbook to Regensburg Early Music Festival

Join Alamire and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble for a late night concert of our award-winning programme 'The Spy's Choirbook'. Tickets from the link below:


Thomas Tallis & Queen Katherine together again!

Tallis's greatest work, Gaude gloriosa dei mater, the Queen of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury's experimentation with the new English liturgy and Henry VIII's preparation for war. A startling collaboration that has only come to light had its airing during Holy Week, and the Obsidian recording is due for release in November 2017.

The story was featured on many news and media outlets. Follow the links for reports, audio, and video about the project:

BBC Breakfast Television
BBC Today Programme
BBC Music Magazine
Classic FM
The Telegraph


Thomas Tallis: Songs of Reformation at St John's Smith Square, London

Ahead of our Obsidian recording of THOMAS TALLIS: SONGS OF REFORMATION in May, come and hear a sample of this glorious music at Tenebrae's Holy Week Festival at St John's Smith Square, London, on Good Friday, 14 April 2017.

Book tickets here:

L'homme arme: Josquin and Palestrina at the Cologne Early Music Festival

Alamire closes the prestigious Cologne Early Music Festival with a programme of Josquin and Palestrina.

Sunday, 2 April 2017, 19.30
Trinitatiskirche, Cologne


BBC Music Award Nomination for Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Following the Limelight Award for best Vocal & Choral CD of 2015, Anne Boleyn's Songbook has been chosen from over 1200 CDs as one of three BBC Music Award nominations in the Choral category for 2016.

Winners for each category are chosen by public vote, so Alamire needs YOUR vote by heading to BBC Music Awards, clicking on 'Choral Award' and, should you agree, 'Anne Boleyn's Songbook'!

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 April at Kings Place, and in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

BBC Music Awards 2016
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