A young Herbert Howells and his school friend Ivor Gurney, inspired by the first performance of Vaughan Williams’s sublime Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, roamed the streets of Gloucester unable to sleep because they were so affected by the music. Howells moved to London shortly afterwards and was soon immersed in the music of the renaissance at the newly built Westminster Cathedral. The recently unearthed gems of renaissance polyphony inspired Howells, Vaughan Williams, Holst and many other composers to write modern polyphony. In this concert the Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, celebrate and explore this encounter across the centuries. With music by the great writers of the English renaissance, Tallis and Byrd, paired with the 20th Century composers who wrote their own polyphony for Westminster Cathedral 400 years later.
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