A TALE OF TWO TAVE(R)NERS

“Innovative, creative, immersive.”

“A really lovely evening of music-making. Beautiful works sung with fine musical sensitivity.”

“It was most enjoyable and professional. The lighting was excellently designed and synchronised.”

A TALE OF TWO TAVE(R)NERS

VOX Cape Town’s first major performance, “A Tale of Two Tave(r)ners”, took place on 9 September 2016 in the splendid acoustic of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Evocative lighting created an immersive sensory experience for the audience in which the choral music of two iconic composers from across half a millennium was juxtaposed.

Musical styles ranged from the minimalism of the late 20th century (Sir John Tavener) to the majestic polyphony and stark plainsong of the Renaissance (Taverner, Tallis, Victoria). After a brief foray into the lush harmonies of “Stars” (Ēriks Ešenvalds), the ethereal sound of tuned wine glasses faded into gentle nighttime sounds.

This concert was the first part of a series of “New Soundscapes” in which VOX intends to expose audiences to fresh choral sounds. We are grateful to Raïssa Philibert for capturing moments of the performance in the image gallery.

Fine Music Radio (101.3 FM in Cape Town) - Cape Diary Talk with Director John Woodland