Eight cellists from our Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia, just made Christmas 2016 very special.
Titled 'The Voice of the Turtle Dove', the Voices of Classic FM are exploring the music of three English Tudor composers: John Sheppard, Richard Davy and William Mundy.
This year sees the 14th Choral Pilgrimage from The Sixteen, bringing polyphonic choral music out of the concert hall and back into the venues for which it was composed. Focusing on music written by these three Tudor composers, the choir will also be revisiting a piece they last performed at their first-ever concert: music by Renaissance composer William Mundy, titled Vox patris caelestis.
Conductor Harry Christophers said: "Each one of these works is a real gem just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. This music is part of our great heritage and I look forward to you joining us on this pilgrimage of discovery."
The tour starts on March 21 in Cambridge, travelling around the country until 25 October. Some of the concerts in year's pilgrimage will also feature pre-concert talks from Harry Christophers explaining the context of the repertoire.