City musician's world-renowned vocal ensemble performs in London
Dr Alexander Lingas is the director of Cappella Romana
The world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana is to perform at a concert in London, led by City musician Dr Alexander Lingas.
The event will take place on Friday 1st July, at St Giles Cripplegate Church, within the Barbican complex.
Called Cyprus: Between Greek East and Latin West, the performance is sponsored by City and will feature Dr Lingas and Dr Spyridon Antonopoulos, an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Music.
The programme explores the repertoires of Byzantine and Latin sacred music that coexisted on the island of Cyprus in the late Middle Ages.
It will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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Dr Lingas, a Reader at City who founded Cappella Romana in 1991, is appearing with his group on the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune, on Thursday 30th June, to discuss the concert and perform excerpts from their repertoire.
In a statement about the concert, the group said: “The Crusades brought to Cyprus French kings, whose imported musical traditions flourished alongside those of their Greek subjects.
“The vibrancy of their Mediterranean soundscape is captured in this programme, which traverses the diverse range of sacred music heard during the fifteenth century in Nicosia’s Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals.”
The concert takes place prior to engagements in the Festival de Wallonie, in Belgium, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival, in the Netherlands.
Cappella Romana is a vocal chamber ensemble based in Portland, Oregon, USA. It combines musical passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music.
The ensemble’s name refers to the mediaeval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople (“New Rome”) and its Slavic commonwealth.