A concert to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, by tracing the Lutheran Chorale tradition down through Pachebel, Buxtehude and Bach, and contrasting it with the Italianate Madrigal tradition sung in the great houses of the 16th and 17th centuries.
The leitmotiv of the evening was Luther's best-known hymn, Ein' Feste Burg, which we heard sung in its original form, adapted by Pachebel, and then sung by the whole audience at the end in Thomas Carlyle's translation.
So, a very different concert from our normal kind of programme (whatever that is). It was only possible through the talents of Christine Wells FRCO on the organ, and Waltham Madrigals who provided the voices. Thanks to them and to our audience for rising to its feet so gamely for the finale!
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