York Early Music Festival 2024: Event 11

Monday 8 July 9.15pm – 10.15pm
£22.00 (£20.00 concessions | £7.00 under 35)
Venue: Merchant Taylor’s Hall

Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Leggett mezzo-soprano
John Butt harpsichord
Jonathan Manson basse de viole

Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres

Many of the ‘songs’ we are hearing at this year’s festival naturally incline towards the secular, but tonight’s concert is about the sacred. Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres are an exquisitely emotional depiction of that most human of sounds: the cry of mourning. Couperin stated that, while he wrote the Leçons for two sopranos, “all other types of voices may sing them”.

As a lower voice (!) I have long hoped to perform them, and I can’t think of a better team with whom to sharen this intensely personal and devotional work. Helen Charlston

[Rebecca Leggett] “It was thrilling to see and hear a fine career blossoming before one’s eyes and ears.” Sussex World

[Helen Charlston] surely one of the most exciting voices in the new generation of British singers.” Gramophone


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Event Date: 08/07/2024 9:15 pm

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