Lamenta; Love Life and Death – 23rd February, The Brunel Museum (Rotherhithe, London)Lamenta; Love Life and Death

Thursday 23rd February, 7.30-8.30pm / Brunel Museum

A visual and musical journey through the sixteenth century. ‘Lamenta’ takes the audience from the penitential world of English sacred music, into sensual and intimate European settings of ‘The Song of Songs’, through to the passionate Italian madrigals of Monteverdi; moving reflections on love, life and death.

All of this varied and stunning repertoire drawn together by new, contemporary composition by Ben Rowarth inspired by and directly interacting with earlier works within the programme.

This staged performance will use space to exciting effect and give the listener an insight into the true context of some of the finest sixteenth century vocal music: outside of the choir stalls, and in its original, intimate and intense setting.

Lamenta; Love Life and Death
Victoria, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Rowarth.

Thursday 23rd February, 7.30-8.30pm
The Brunel Museum, Railway Ave, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF

Tickets: £15, £10 Concession, £5 Student

Warning – We advise that you wrap warm up for this concert as there could be limited heating in the concert venue.

About Renaissance

Renaissance was founded in 2011 by Ben Rowarth, composer and director, as a vocal ensemble to specialise in both ‘Early’ and Contemporary music. The group uses innovative staging and recent research to re-work music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, programming it alongside innovative new compositions by Ben Rowarth that reflect back on and are directly inspired by the earlier repertoire within each performance.

After beginning life as a student ensemble based in Durham and the North East of England, Renaissance have since been performing all over the UK. Featured in the Swaledale Festival, Hexham Abbey Festival and York Early Music Festival, the choir performed twice in 2014 in St John’s Smith Square, London, their performance in December 2014 part of a joint evening with the world renowned Tallis Scholars and their director Peter Phillips. The also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune in 2012, where Clemency Burton-Hill described their work as “completely thrilling”.

As a group of six core singers that expands for larger repertoire, the ensemble was set up as a group whose purpose is to re-imagine and re-vitalise music and it strives to produce concerts that inspire audiences to do the same

Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall

Underground Chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe. After 150 years the chamber is open every day for heritage talks and lectures. Also advertised evenings for concerts, opera, and theatre. Details of these events, guided walks, heritage boat trips, shows and garden events can be found on the Events pages. Also available for society visits and private events.

Stairs being installed in The Grand Entrance Hall, part of Isambard Kindon Brunels Thames Tunnel.

Stairs being installed in The Grand Entrance Hall, part of Isambard Kindon Brunels Thames Tunnel.

The Grand Entrance Hall, where young Brunel nearly drowned, was the world’s first underground theatre. Before the trains came, the chamber echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders. Under the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme, and with support from the Association of Independent Museums and Biffa, the Museum has fitted out a spectacular new gallery and underground theatre. The chamber is open every day from 10.00 till 17.00 and for advertised events in the evenings .

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