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detail from the Eton Choirbook


Glories of the Eton Choirbook

'One of the greatest flowerings of late medieval art'


Our next concert on January 26 we are continuing with our Choirbook practice and throwing away our individual copies of the music. Why? Well, we want to find out whether there was a reason – other than saving paper – that Renaissance choirs operated in this way. Our experiments with this new format suggest that the tighter physical bond between singers, and a greater sense of shared endeavour, certainly do lead to more committed music-making. We are genuinely excited by this next concert, and look forward to sharing the experience with as many of you as possible. For those interested to read more about the experiment, click here to read Simon Ravens’s recent article in the Early Music Review, ‘Rehearsal Practice’.





The music for this concert comes from the Eton Choirbook, 'one of the greatest flowerings of medieval art', and the most important collection of late 15th century English choral music.


Browne: Salve Regina, O Maria

Fayrfax: Regale Magnificat

Cornysh: Ave Maria, Gaude virgo

Nesbett: Magnificat


Wednesday 26 January 2011, 7.30 pm


Hospital of Saint John and Saint Elizabeth, 60 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London, NW8 9NH



The venue


Our London concert takes place in one of the capital’s hidden architectural jewels – the Conventual Church of Saint John of Jerusalem, in St John's Wood; it is the chapel of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. This magnificent building – a basilica in miniature – was originally built on the site of Great Ormond Street and moved to this site in the 1890s.


For all its luxuriant acoustic, the chapel is an intimate venue. This is ideal for the music in our series programme, most of which was composed not for large cathedral settings, but for private chapels. The church is accessed through the main entrance to the hospital, which is about 100 yards from St. John’s Wood underground station.



This concert is in aid of the St John's Hospice.


Suggested donation £15

(concessions £10)