The first programme in our A Choral Odyssey series focusses on two towering works by Renaissance composers John Sheppard and Richard Davy, performed in the surroundings of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford where both composers were resident and wrote their music. Both composers held the post of Informator Choristarum at the college, and this is where a fledgling group which was to become The Sixteen first performed. Presenter Simon Russell Beale joins Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in this specially-produced programme exploring Sheppard’s Libera nos which has become synonymous with The Sixteen, and Davy’s monumental antiphon O Domine caeli terraeque creator, which is quite unique: at the close of the manuscript we are told that it was written in a day at Magdalen.
Harry Christophers conductor
Simon Russell Beale presenter
Davy O Domine caeli terraeque creator
Davy Joan is sick and ill at ease
Sheppard Libera nos