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His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts: Grand Tour
Fri 17 Jul 2015 , 8:00 pm| £20
This internationally renowned group of virtuoso wind players and renaissance and baroque music specialists brings their noble sound to Durham to perform their Grand Tour programme in the spectacular setting of Durham Cathedral. The cornetts and sackbuts were amongst the most versatile instruments available to composers in the 16th and 17th century and could be heard in the Basilica of St. Mark’s in Venice or the masques of Jacobean England. The education of an English gentleman in the 17th century was not considered complete unless he had undertaken the Grand Tour, a journey of cultural discovery through England, Germany and Spain. The final stop of the tour was traditionally Venice – the European centre of cornett and sackbut playing in the 16th and 17th centuries. Accordingly, the band’s performance will conclude in Venetian splendour, and will feature musical treasures from the likes of Locke, Byrd, Philips, Gabrieli, Palestrina and Scheidt.
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