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An evening of music inspired by Thomas Tallis, with a special performance of his 40part motet, Spem in Alium performed by BAFTA award-winning Tredegar Town Band, and special guests, The Palestrina Singers


Tredegar Band have a renowned reputation for the exploration of new artistic horizons. Tonight they will perform in the magnificent Llandaff Cathedral in a concert inspired by some of the most beautiful renaissance music ever written. The centrepiece will be the world premiere of Thomas Tallis' ‘Spem in Alium' arranged for brass. The work is a magnificent forty part motet composed in 1570, described as Tallis' ‘crowning achievement’.  Specially arranged for an extended brass band by Chris Davies, it will see an ensemble comprised of eight quintets positioned around the Cathedral to bring a completely immersive multi-phonic experience to the audience.

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FiRST HALF Tredegar Band Fest musik der stadt wien Le Corsair Pavane Finale from Horn Concerto No.1

R. Strauss arr. Coates Berlioz arr. Geoffrey Brand Faure arr. Langford R. Strauss arr. Chris Davies Tenor horn soloist: Chris Davies Gypsy Dance Dargomyzhsky arr. Ceri John

The Palestrina Singers Riu Riu Chiu Ave Verum Corpus Remember not, Lord, our offences Sicut Cervus

Flecha Byrd Purcell Palestrina

Tredegar Band Spem in Alium Tallis arr. Chris Davies

SECOND HALF Tredegar Band Overture to The Marriage of Figaro The Lord bless you and keep you Pavane Tallis Variations

Mozart arr. Hazelgrove John Rutter arr. Andrew Austin Faure arr. Langford Philip Sparke

The Palestrina Singers Hide not thou thy face Call to remembrance Heyr Himn Smi∂ur O magnum mysterium If ye love me

Farrant Farrant SigburjĂśrnsson Victoria Tallis

Tredegar Band Calling all workers Coates arr. Ceri John Georgia on my mind Carmichael/Gorrell arr. Alan Morrison Cornet soloist: Dewi Griffiths MacArthur Park Jimmy Webb arr. A Catherall


Spem in Alium Tallis The centre piece for tonight's concert is Spem in alium nunquam habui, (Latin: “Hope in Any Other Have I None”) motet by English composer Thomas Tallis. The work is noted for its complex use of counterpoint in a composition for 40 voices. It is a 10-minute panorama of shifting tone colours and a tour de force of Renaissance polyphony that is unsurpassed in the English repertoire. It probably dates from the late 1560s to the early 1570s. Tallis served under the Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I until his death in 1585. During Henry’s reign, Tallis was among the first composers to write for the new Church of England, yet he also composed for—and earned accolades from—the Roman Catholic Mary I. He may have produced Spem in alium nunquam habui, which is considered his single greatest achievement, for the Protestant Elizabeth, using a text that presented God as the only hope of humankind. According to some sources, the piece was presented at court in 1573, on the occasion of Elizabeth’s 40th birthday. To create Spem in alium nunquam habui, the composer organized his choristers into eight separate choirs, each containing five voice parts. Thus, Tallis’s score has 40 distinct vocal parts that were designed to fit together harmonically and must be kept in aural balance.

Brass Choirs quintet 1

quintet V

quintet 11

quintet V1

quintet 111

quintet V11

quintet 1V

quintet V111

Soprano Dewi Griffiths Alto Chris Davies Tenor Ben Stratford Baritone Chris Smith Bass Steffan Jones Soprano Will Norman Alto Emily Humphries Tenor Hannah Rogers Baritone Ryan Richards Bass Lewis Rees Soprano Danny Winder Alto Harry Ridler Tenor Kate Rowlands Baritone Martyn Patterson Bass Jacob Pritchard Soprano Matt Shaw Alto Jack Lythaby Tenor Lloyd Barnaby Baritone Mari Malm Mørkved Bass Andy Austin

Soprano Wilson Taylor Alto Rhys Barrett Tenor Marie Thomas Baritone Danny Jones Bass Simon Lloyd Soprano Leanne Porthouse-Blackledge Alto Meirion Davies Tenor Samantha Ford Baritone Amy Ewen Bass Ceri John Soprano Jack Hoof Alto Dai Thomas Tenor Josh Herman Baritone Zac Fellows Bass James Hobbis Soprano Becky Cale Alto Becky Storey Tenor Ruth Mellor Baritone Susanna Blamire Bass Pete Greenwood


Tredegar Band

The origins of Tredegar Town Band can be traced back to 1849, although it wasn’t until 1876 following victory at the Welsh National Eisteddfod that they were formally constituted. History shows that early contesting victories were sporadic, although they did compete extensively - from local competitions to the famous Crystal Palace in London. However, over the last 40 years they have become one of the world’s elite performers - as well as multiple winners of major competitions; claiming the British Open title in 2010 and again in 2013. Voted 4Barsest ‘Band of the Year’ with MD Ian Porthouse ‘Conductor of the Year’ in 2010, they continue to represent the town that bears their name with pride. This was literally so with the 2014 BAFTA Award winning film, ‘Pride’ where they provided a major part of the musical score and made a cameo appearance. Further significant artistic achievements, include providing the accompanying score, by composer Gavin Higgins, to Rambert Ballet’s critically acclaimed production, ‘Dark Arteries’, which

was subsequently shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In contrast, in 2015 they also became the first band to perform in concert at the famous Old Vic Theatre in London alongside songwriter Tim Minchin, and in May this year were invited to perform on the ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. However, the band continues to enhance its reputation for innovative artistic collaborations - performing at the ‘Changing Britain’ retrospective at the Southbank in London, whilst their ‘Dark Arteries’ recording was awarded 2015 ‘CD of the Year’ from every leading brass band publication - a feat repeated in 2016 with the critically acclaimed ‘War Memorials’ release. 2016 saw further success - winning both the televised Band Cymru title and becoming Champion Band of Wales for the eleventh time. In May, 2017 they came 5th at the European Championship in Ostende. Conductor Ian Porthouse Principal cornet Dewi Griffiths www.tredegar.band


The Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University Originally conceived in September 2009 as a small vocal octet, the Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University quickly expanded into the full chamber choir it is today. The original intention of the choir was to perform choral music of the renaissance; however, the choir repertory has expanded to incorporate a wide range of music spanning from Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina (naturally), to Twentieth Century  and contemporary composers such as Morten  Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo and Paul Mealor. The choir is based at Cardiff University School of Music, with all present members currently studying in the university. Conductor Tom Lazell Find them on Facebook: @PalestrinaSingers

Thanks Tredegar Band would like to formally thank: Special guests: The Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University Spem in Alium arrangement: Chris Davies Llandaff Cathedral All event volunteers Percussion hire: Ev-entz Music www.ev-entz.co.uk Event marketing; poster, ticket & programme design: Mango Design www.mangodesign.co Tredegar Band photograph: Goldy Solutions www.goldy.uk


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Spem in Alium : Tredegar Town Band & The Palestrina Singers | Programme  
Spem in Alium : Tredegar Town Band & The Palestrina Singers | Programme  
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