Award from PRS for Music Foundation

Our project to commemorate the outbreak of World War I has received a huge boost with news that PRS for Music Foundation has awarded the choir £2500 towards the cost of the project. The money will go towards paying fees for the new choral pieces commissioned by the choir. The two application stages were highly [...]

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From Darkness to Light: Choral music for Advent & Christmas

Merton College Chapel, Saturday 22 December 8pm Sospiri’s traditional Christmas concert is a celebration of the transition from darkness to light. Beginning with the Annunciation, and Mary’s immortal response – the Magnificat – the musical sequence covers the anticipation of Advent, the joy of the Nativity, through to the presentation in the temple, where the [...]

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Latin Vespers

Sospiri will sing Latin Vespers at Merton College chapel on 6.15pm, Tuesday 20 November, 2012 The choir will sing plainsong antiphons and psalms, alongside: Bevan: Octavi Toni Magnificat Byrd: Salve Sancta Parens Duggan: Salve Regina

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Requiem for a Prince

Four hundred years ago, Prince Henry – heir to the English throne – died at the age of 18. The concert features music written at the time of his death (Weelkes, Tomkins, Ramsey), alongside the Requiem by Herbert Howells whose son, Michael, died at the tender age of nine. Merton College Chapel, Oxford Sunday 14 [...]

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Residency at Canterbury Cathedral

Sospiri take up a short residency at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2012. Saturday 11 August 3.15 EVENSONG Responses – Rose Sheppard Second service Almighty God the Fountain of all wisdom – Tomkins Sunday 12 August 11.00 SUNG EUCHARIST – Nave Palestrina – Missa Assumpta est Maria Regina Coeli – Duggan [...]

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Vivat Regina!

Sospiri are celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a collection of sumptious choral music from A Garland for the Queen (1953), published at the time of the Coronation, and Choirbook for the Queen (2012), published this year to mark 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign. 8pm Saturday 30 June, 2012 Merton College Chapel, Oxford Tickets: [...]

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World War I Choral Project

Sospiri have commissioned ten new pieces from some of the finest composers in the UK and US. The choir will record the new works in 2013 for release in 2014 in time to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war in August 1914. Read more about the project …

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Passiontide at Merton

Sospiri are performing as part of the Passiontide at Merton festival on Saturday 31 March, 2012. Now in its third year, the festival runs over the entire weekend, with Sospiri giving a late-evening concert on Saturday night in the college chapel at 9.30 p.m. The programme will feature music from Desolata est, the forthcoming Sospiri [...]

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A Spotless Rose

Music for Advent & Christmas A celebration of the transition from darkness to light, with works by Byrd, Chilcott, Duggan, Howells & Holst and traditional chants, carols and lullabies Merton College Chapel, Oxford 8 pm Saturday 17 December, 2011 Tickets £12/£8 (£1 under-18s) Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Tickets Oxford (01865 [...]

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Concert: The Singing Will Never Be Done

Sospiri are performing a concert of music for remembrance, including Arvo Pärt’s sublime Stabat Mater, six settings of World War I poetry by John Duggan and Rudolf Mauersberger’s Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst. 8pm, Sunday 13 November in Merton College chapel, Oxford Tickets: £12 (concessions £8, under-18s £1) Tickets are available on the door [...]

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