Collegium Singers present Madrigal Madness

Church of St Andrew, Church Street, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2LR

14 Mar 2020

Collegium Singers present Madrigal Madness


Music will include Adriano Banchieri's rarely performed Festino nella sera di Giovedì Grasso avanti Cena of 1608. A Bolognese priest, Banchieri wrote several "madrigal cycles", works of up to 20 individual madrigals telling a single story, including this depiction of an evening's entertainment before dinner at carnival time. A series of groups including match sellers, bakers, and revellers in animal masks invade the party to entertain and amuse. 

​Other works include onomatopoeic madrigals by Claude Janequin - La Guerre depicts the 1515 battle of Marignan, where combined French and Venetian forces defeated the Swiss confederates.

​We will follow this with related genres from 17th century France and England: elegant airs de cours by Pierre Guedron and delightful Elizabethan lute songs by John Dowland.

​We then move to more modern music still inspired by the past - Claude Debussy's Trois chansons de Charles D'Orleans, setting the words written by the 15th Century French Duke Charles D'Orleans while a prisoner of war in England, and English master Ralph Vaughan William's Three Shakespeare Songs.

​Come join us as we explore beautiful music written for the voice - music designed to tell stories and delight the senses.

Musical Director: William McElwee

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Opening Hours

Saturday 14th March 2020


Adults £12.00
Students £6.00
Under 12s FREE

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Collegium Singers present Madrigal Madness
Church of St Andrew
Church Street
United Kingdom

T: 01823 340470



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