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Saturday 5 May, 7:30pm - St John's Church, Keswick

Conductor: Mark Hindley
Lute and vihuela: Martin Eastwell

The Wordsworth Singers return to St John's Church in Keswick, this May, with a programme of early sacred music.  The concert, directed by Mark Hindley, will feature the "Tu es Petrus" Mass by Italian Renaissance master Palestrina (c 1525 to 1594), complemented by works by the earlier Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales (c1500 to 1553).  The music will be sung a capella meaning without accompaniment, and is particularly suited to the generous acoustic of St John's Church.  

 For this concert, the choir are pleased to welcome lutenist Martin Eastwell from Hexham, as soloist.  Martin has perfomed as a continuo player with many of the country’s leading early music groups including The Taverner Players, Scottish Early Music Consort and Red Campion.  Over the years Martin has built up a fine collection of early instruments, and for this concert has chosen to perform on the lute, a favourite of Palestrina, and the vihuela, which is an early Spanish guitar with which Morales was very familiar.

 Almost exactly this time last year, St John's church was full to capacity for The Wordsworth Singers' performance of the B Minor Mass by J.S. Bach, staged with the Adderbury Ensemble to celebrate the choir's 20th birthday.   The choir are delighted to be returning twelve months on.

  • Morales: Salve Regina 
    Morales: Magnificat Primi Toni
    Morales: Regina Coeli
    Palestrina: Tu es Petrus motet
    Palestrina: Missa Tu es Petrus

  • Tickets £13 in advance or £14 at the door.
    Under-18s and full-time students free.

    Reserve Tickets

    Tickets also available from 07780 682373, choir members, or from Bookends, 66 Main Street, Keswick.