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Allegri Miserere

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Photo credit: Edward Webb

Photo credit: Edward Webb

The Pegasus Choir concert of sacred music ranging from the sixteenth century to our own, and from Britain across Europe. The first half of the programme centres on Allegri’s "Miserere", his celebrated setting of Psalm 51 with its soaring soprano solo. We contrast it with a version by Sir James MacMillan, one of Britain’s foremost contemporary choral composers, which treats the same text in a movingly expressive way. The second part of the concert presents anthems in praise of the Virgin Mary, from English and French Renaissance motets by Robert Parsons and Jean Mouton to the lush Romanticism of Rachmaninov and Franz Biebl. The programme ends with the exuberance of the Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, and William Byrd’s joyful "Laudibus in Sanctis".

Now in its 23rd season, Pegasus is one of London’s most acclaimed chamber choirs, presenting numerous concerts each year, often in collaboration with charities, music societies and festivals. Pegasus has a longstanding relationship with the London Handel Orchestra, and will perform “Messiah” with the orchestra in November this year. Last year Pegasus took the chorus role in two performances of the opera "Acis and Galatea" for the London Handel Festival at St John’s Smith Square, conducted by Laurence Cummings. In 2013 Pegasus won the chamber choir prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Competition in France, along with a special award for its performance of the music of Francis Poulenc. The choir has been featured on BBC television and radio, Channel 4 and Classic FM. Pegasus’s second recording, “For the Fallen: Choral music from the time of the Great War”, was released on the Signum Classics label last November.

Matthew Altham
— Conductor

Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) £5 (children) — call our box office on 07528 776625 or book online now!

Our premium tickets include a reserved seat (this differs per venue according to acoustic, but is usually 3–5 rows from the front, near the centre aisle), a programme, and a voucher for a drink which can be redeemed either before the concert or during the interval.

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