Music in the Age of Reformation

BBC Proms star vocal ensemble, I Fagiolini, perform a unique, specially selected arrangement exploring the impact of the Reformation on music.

Explore the Reformation with I Fagiolini

Acclaimed vocal ensemble I Fagiolini will perform a specially selected programme exploring the impact of the Reformation on English music. This is a unique chance to hear this exciting group in concert in an intimate venue before their appearance at the 2017 BBC Proms.

This arrangement has been specially curated by I Fagiolini as a bespoke event for Senate House Library and will be available on this night only. The performance will include a brief interval and includes some complimentary refreshment.

Programme for the Evening

Ockeghem, Johannes, d.1497 – Intemerata Dei mater
des Prez, Josquin, c.1455-1521 – Gloria from Missa La sol fa re mi
Taverner, John, 1490-1545 – Agnus Dei from the Westron Wynde Mass
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 – 2 chorales
Tallis, Thomas, 1505-1585 – Why fum’th in spite
Byrd, William, 1543-1623 – Arise Lord into thy rest
Byrd, William, 1543-1623 – O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth, our Queen
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 - Three chorales on ‘Jesu, meine Freude’


Janequin, Clement, c.1485-1558– Or vien ca
Sermisy, Claudin, 1490-1562– Au joly boys
Rore, Cypriano, c.1515-1565 – Mia benigna fortuna
da Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi, 1525-1594 – Duo ubera tua
Le Jeune, Claude, 1528-1600 -- Un gentil amoureux
De Wert, Giaches, 1535-1596 – Ascendente Iesu in naviculam (the “sea-sick motet”)
Gesualdo, Carlo, 1566-1613 – Merce grido piangendo
Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643 – Sfogava con le stele, 1595
Schein, Johann Hermann, 1586-1630 – Da Jakob vollendet hatte
Schütz, Heinrich, 1585-1672 – Die Himmel erzählen

(Please note, the programme may be subject to change.)

If there’s a more enterprisingly theatrical vocal group than this one, I’ve yet to encounter it..

The Telegraph

About I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini - Monteverdi's 'Laudate Pueri' from their 450th Monteverdi anniversary celebration.

Grounded in the classics of Renaissance and Twentieth-century vocal repertoire, I Fagiolini is renowned for its innovative and often staged productions of this music. It has staged Handel with masks, Purcell with puppets, and in 2004 premiered The Full Monteverdi, a ground-breaking dramatised account of the composer’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) by John La Bouchardière, since turned into a highly successful film shown all over the world. In 2006 I Fagiolini toured its South African collaboration Simunye and in 2009 created Tallis in Wonderland, a new way of hearing polyphony with live and recorded voices.

I Fagiolini are currently working on a year long celebration of Monteverdi's 450th anniversary, Living Monteverdi and have sold out their perfromance for this year's BBC proms in under 2 hours.

Book now to guarantee your seat at this exciting event!

Ticket prices are per person and include complimentary refreshment at the wine reception which follows the event.

Full Price Ticket: £20

Concession: £15

(concession tickets include Friends of Senate House Library, Students, University of London staff, unwaged and over 60’s)

Event details

  • 13 July 2017 19:00
  • I Fagiolini
  • Beveridge Hall
  • Senate House Library Event