Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by The Sackler Trust, The Greenwood Trust
and Mr and Mrs David Bruce

Douai Abbey

The Sixteen

Friday 12th May, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton RG7 5TQ
7.30pm (ends approx 9.40pm)

NB Start Time
£26 / £21



Harry Christophers conductor


The Sixteen is arguably the UK’s most popular and important choral company, with an international reputation for excellence and imaginative programming. Founded by conductor Harry Christophers, they have earned a distinguished reputation for their work in Renaissance, Baroque and 21st-century music.


Performing in the beautiful setting of Douai Abbey with its perfect acoustic, the theme of this year’s Choral Pilgrimage centres on conflict and atonement, with works by Poulenc and Palestrina.


Palestrina’s mass based around the famous L’Homme Armé tune was immensely popular in the 16th century; its warlike nature serves as a reminder of the savagery of conflict, something which deeply affected Poulenc. Poulenc’s Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects the inner feeling of peace generated by Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in France.


“The whole programme was spine-shiveringly radiant from first to last.” The Times










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