Sacred Symphony: The Splendour of Venetian Voice & Brass


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    • Giovanni Gabrieli

St Georges Church Bloomsbury

Sunday, 26 Apr 2015, 4:00PM

Ticket info

Tickets £15, £10 concession, £5 student. Available on the door
For reservations phone 020 7242 1979 or email


Illustra Choir
Kensington Brass Ensemble
Conductor: Mark Summerbell


Plaudite Omnis Terra
Maria Virgo a 10
O Domine Jesu Christe a 8
Canzon Primi Toni
Surrexit Christus a 11
Cantate Domino a 6
In Ecclesiis
Beate Virgo a 6
Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2
Benedictus es Dominus a 8
Gloria a 12


Throughout the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods the state of Venice developed and sustained a musical culture that was unparalleled in Europe. The San Marco Basilica, with its spectacular architecture that included unique opposing choir lofts, was at the centre of the creation of brilliant new works for multiple choirs and instruments that employed both new harmonies and striking stereophonic effects.

None took advantage of this more skilfully than Giovanni Gabrieli, principal organist and composer at San Marco from 1585, who compiled two immense volumes of his liturgical music entitled the Sacrae Symphoniae that were published after his death in 1612.

This concert includes some of the greatest works from the two volumes, including Plaudite Omnis Terra, In Ecclesiis, Canzon Primi Toni, Beate Virgo a6, Surrexit Christus and Gloria, performed in the extraordinary resonance of St George’s Bloomsbury.


Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury
London WC1A 2SA

Posted by Mark Summerbell