From the Conductor's Stand - Episode 1
Victoria's Alma Redemptoris Mater a5
Pour yourself a drink and watch this video of our Musical Director, David Allinson, talking about our performance of Victoria's Alma Redemptoris a5 Mater from our concert given in the Grosvenor Chapel in December 2019. In this video, David talks us through the structure of this beautiful piece, its context and meaning and enthuses about the challenges and pleasures of performing it.
This is the first in a series of talks we're calling 'From the Conductor's Stand'. We know our audience is packed with knowledgeable people who love this repertoire as much as we do, so this is a chance to look a little deeper at individual works, in the company of a friendly guide. The talks are not intended to be comprehensive or overly academic; they offer one informed view of a piece, a ‘way in’ for those who wish to deepen their experience of singing and hearing this music. We hope that you enjoy this video!
The live performance referred to is here:
The edition of the Alma Redemptoris Mater a5 is here: https://www2.cpdl.org/…/8/8e/No46-Alma_Redemptoris_Mater.pdf
The facsimiles of Victoria's original prints are here: https://www.uma.es/victoria/originales.html (you will need to copy and paste this link; then click on the 'facsmiles' button)
In common with many musical groups, we were unable to perform during the lockdown owing to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time we found alternative ways of bringing Renaissance music to you, which we hope to continue now that we are back to live performance.
We are incredibly grateful to our generous supporters for their kind donations over recent months, which have helped to sustain the choir. Any donations you feel able to give us will enable us to continue to bring you online content and to present concerts now that restrictions allow.