The Choral Pilgrimage 2018

The Choral Pilgrimage 2018 goes on sale in January 2018. Further information about the tour and accompanying choral workshops will be available in winter 2017 (current dates and venues subject to change).

William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific writers of both sacred and secular music. Cornysh was a court musician who excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church, as well as beautiful secular songs for the courts of King Henry VII and Henry VIII. Britten is celebrated for his ability to expertly mix sacred and secular in order to showcase the voice in all its multifaceted glory. A perfect example of this is his Sacred and Profane, where he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular. The final song ‘A death’ is a wicked blend of horror and gallows humour far removed from the melancholic canon Ah Robin, gentle Robin by Cornysh.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor
Eamonn Dougan conductor (for selected performances)


Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Cornysh My love she mourneth
Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Cornysh Salve Regina
Britten Advance Democracy
Cornysh Ave Maria, Mater Dei
Cornysh Woefully array’d
Cornysh Ah Robin, gentle Robin
Britten Sacred and Profane

Dates and venues

13 – St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge
14 – St Albans Cathedral
20 – Winchester Cathedral

9 – Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich
16 – Hereford Cathedral
17 – Llandaff Cathedral
18 – Truro Cathedral
19 – Exeter Cathedral
25 – Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

7 – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

5 – Carlisle Cathedral
6 – Lancaster Priory
7 – Hull Minster
11 – York Minster

7 – Wells Cathedral
8 – Tewkesbury Abbey
11 – St James’s Church, Spanish Place, London
19 – All Saints Church, Northampton

1 – Croydon Minster
3 – Coventry Cathedral
4 – Southwell Minster
5 – Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
6 – Blackburn Cathedral
24 – Peterborough Cathedral
25 – Sheffield Anglican Cathedral
26 – Durham Cathedral
27 – Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

9 – Kings Place, London

The Choral Pilgrimage 2018