You read it correctly. At Monday’s PDtP Birthday Special, in addition to selected highlights from the last 12 months, we’ll be tackling for the very first time this celebrated work by none other than
French Renaissance composer, Jachet de Mantoue! (That’s the setting you thought it would be, yes?)
OK, please forgive the bathetic reveal for 2 reasons: 1. we will actually be singing Jachet’s Spem in alium on Monday (it’s not a bad little piece at all) and 2. it’s the first in what I am calling our Countdown (Countup) to the PDtP 5th Birthday Spem in alium.
What’s this all about, then? Well, a while back we foolishly proclaimed on Twitter that if we ever got to a 5th Birthday, we’d celebrate it with a (Tallis) Spem in alium session.
To lead up to this momentous occasion, on each birthday we’ll be singing other, slightly less epic settings of the same text. This year, it’s the 4 voice JdM version, next year will probably by the 5 voice setting by Morales and then in 2019 (if we make it that far), we take a small leap to Tallis’ 40 part monster.
So lots to look forward to!
We’re fully booked for the Birthday Special on Monday but look out for details of our Double-Choir Special on November 13th, which will be out at some point next week.