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The Sixteen

22nd May 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Music from the Sistine Chapel

The composers in this programme have something in common: they all performed, or had their music performed in the Sistine Chapel during the ‘golden age’ of the Renaissance.

In January 1555 Palestrina was admitted to the Sistine Chapel Choir, and the following year Pius IV appointed him as the official papal composer. In 1594, Felice Anerio succeeded Palestrina as the papal composer.

The famed Allegri Miserere is presented here in a ‘new’ version that charts the evolution of the piece over the years. The programme includes another Allegri piece which is little known to modern audiences, but worthy of more fame.

If you visit the chapel today, you will see amongst the ancient graffiti in the singers’ gallery the signature of Josquin de Prez, 500 years on.

Conductor / Performers

  • The Sixteen
  • Harry Christophers   conductor


  • plainsong: De Lamentatione
  • VICTORIA: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    • Recessit pastor noster
    • O vos omnes
    • Ecce quomodo moritur iustus
  • JOSQUIN: Pater noster / Ave Maria
  •  VICTORIA: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    •  Astiterunt reges
    • Aestimatus sum
    • Sepulto Domino
  • ANERIO: Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae
  • (interval)
  • JOSQUIN: Gaude virgo Mater Christi
  • ANERIO: Regina caeli laetare a 8
  • JOSQUIN: Illibata dei virgo
  • ALLEGRI: Gloria from Missa In lectulo meo a 8
  • JOSQUIN: Tu solus qui facis mirabilia
  • ALLEGRI: Miserere (new version showing the evolution of the piece)
  • VICTORIA: Salve Regina a 8


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

Theatre Royal Winchester

Date: 22nd May 2020
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event CategoryChoral
Venue Name: Douai Abbey
Address: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire RG7 5TQ United Kingdom

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