19 October 2018 (Friday) 8 pm

The Gesualdo Six (England)

directed by Owain Park


Our Lady of Victory Church, ul. £±kowa 42

© Tom Gradwell

The Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over sixty performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. Over this time, The Gesualdo Six further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.

Whilst initially focusing on early music, concert programmes began to reflect a desire to include more modern repertoire and now renaissance polyphony is often juxtaposed with works by composers including György Ligeti and Joanna Marsh amongst others.

The Gesualdo Six has performed in many festivals in the UK (Temple Winter Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, St John’s Smith Square Holy Week and Christmas Festivals), Germany, The Netherlands, France, Poland, Jersey and Monaco.

The ensemble recognises the importance of teaching, and regularly incorporates outreach work into its activities, holding workshops for choirs and composers and giving concerts alongside local performers.

In 2016, The Gesualdo Six successfully curated its first Composition Competition, supported by St John’s Smith Square and the Music Sales group of companies, attracting 174 entries from around the world.

The ensemble have recently released their debut recording of English renaissance polyphony “English Motets” on Hyperion Records to critical acclaim.

© Ash Mills


“Te lucis ante terminum” — Music by Thomas Tallis

“Miserere mihi Domine” — Music by William Byrd

“Media vita” — Music by Nicholas Gombert

“O Ecclesia, occuli tui” — Music by Hildegard von Bingen

“Christ is the morning star” — Music by Arvo Pärt

“Christe, qui lux es et dies (III)” — Music by Robert White

“If ye love me” — Music by Thomas Tallis

“Pater noster” — Music by Douglas Mason

“Vigilate” — Music by William Byrd

“Tu solus qui faces mirabilia” — Music by Josquin des Préz

“Potro viver io piu se senza luce” — Music by Luca Marenzio

“Io son ferito, ahi lasso” — Music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

“Misero Ohime” — Music by Alessandro Striggio

“Laulan lapsele” — Music by Veljo Tormis

“Marjal aega magada” — Music by Veljo Tormis

“Lase kiik käia!” (Let the Crandle Swing!) — Music by Veljo Tormis

“Äiutus” (Lulling) — Music by Veljo Tormis

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