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Trinity Boys’ Choir will make history this spring as they return to the recording studio to record a long-forgotten Tudor mass, Missa Dominica, composed by English renaissance composer Nicholas Ludford.
Composed in the early 16th century, the work is one of seven Lady Masses composed by Ludford for the ‘Lost Palace of Westminster’, including St Stephen’s Collegiate Chapel, which was burnt down in 1834.
The manuscript of the mass bears the arms of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, so it could be assumed that the composer produced it perhaps as a gift to the royal couple.
It is a remarkable piece scored for two treble parts and a single tenor, which is rarely performed and will be recorded by the Boys’ Choir for the first time in Munich in March.
Trinity Boys’ Choir will present the mass as part of a double bill at Kings Place, London on 20 February 2017, alongside the award-winning German male voice quartet Quartonal.
The evening programme will also feature works of the 20th and 21st centuries by Kenneth Leighton, Alec Rowley, and Graham Lack, who holds the first Composer Fellowship with the Trinity Boys’ Choir.
Graham Lack has composed several works as commissions for the choir, and the evening will feature a world premiere of his work The Burning of the Leaves by Quartonal.
David Swinson, Director of Music at Trinity, said: “Although a huge amount of music has now been recorded from this period, including other masses by Nicholas Ludford, the Lady Masses, including the Missa Dominica, have possibly been overlooked because of the unusual scoring. The quality of the music is not in doubt and we are delighted to be introducing it to a new audience.”
Tickets start at £14.50 and can be bought from the Kings Place website