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Sunday November 9th in Uppingham School Chapel at 7.00pm
Music and Words in time of war
Palestrina Missa L’homme Armé
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
Uppingham Vocal Ensemble
Ensemble La Trinite
Andrew Webster Clarinet
Alex Laing Violin
Chantal Webster Cello
Alexis Ffrench Piano
Palestrina’s four-part mass, based on the 13th century secular song “Fear the armed man” and Messiaen’s exquisite masterpiece are interwoven with readings in a programme that stretches across history and the world, reflecting on war, its consequences, and the sacrifices made in its name.
Palestrina’s luminous polyphony has always been regarded as one of the summits of Western music for its seamless beauty, and Messiaen’s extraordinary masterpiece stands alongside it. The quartet was composed in Stalag VIIIA German prisoner-of-war camp in the freezing winter of 1941 for himself and three fellow prisoners (piano, violin, clarinet and piano), with paper and pencil lent to him by a guard. Intensely devotional, it looks beyond war towards transcendence and redemption, to a place where the harsh conditions in which it was conceived matter little.
Members of Uppingham School’s elite Chamber Choir sing alongside Ensemble La Trinite, three of whom play with leading English orchestras, and are heads of faculty in Uppingham’s Music Department.
All Tickets £5.00
Tickets from www.uppthearts.co.uk
In person at Uppingham Bookshop or at the door