Phoenix is a friendly choir under the expert guidance of musical director Michael Fields.
Praised by critics for its warm and balanced sound, clear diction and dynamic contrasts,
the Phoenix Choir’s concerts are among the most exciting and
eagerly anticipated musical events in Eastbourne's cultural life.
– Joyous music-making
– Exciting and original performances
– Innovative programming
Vespers of 1610
1st February 2020 7.30pm All Saints' Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4HE
Tickets £16 in advance (half price for students/under18's)
Available from the TIO, WeGotTickets.com, Reid & Dean Estate Agent, Cornfield Road
£18 on the door on the night.
This season brings a rare opportunity for Eastbourne as the choir performs the iconic and much celebrated Monteverdi Vespers of 1610.
Claudio Monteverdi is widely regarded as the most powerful and visionary figure in music history such was his influence on opera and orchestral writing. Like many great composers he began writing whilst still a child and quickly mastered the music traditions of the day before going on to revolutionise them. Through personal tragedy music became an outlet which drove his genius to great heights. His Vespers became a ‘melting pot’ of his ideas and techniques the like of which was unprecedented and has been described as:
‘an absolute epic masterpiece………church music on an operatic scale. From fanfares, arias and trios to instrumental interludes and amazing choruses.’
In keeping with the Musical Director’s modus operandi, the work will remain faithful to Monteverdi’s original version but with the Michael Fields ‘touch’ to bring the piece to life for singers and audience alike.
Internationally renowned Evelyn Tubb, patron of Phoenix choir, is delighted to be leading the stellar cast of soloists and period musicians.