England v Italy - a musical match

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Halifax Chamber Choir pitches England against Italy again this time to see who has the better music!

The great English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis is pitched against Giovanni da Palestrina; Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas, is up against Benjamin Britten. And who should be crowned king of the Baroque - Claudio Monteverdi, or George Frederic Handel?

These questions will be answered once and for all, as the Italians and Brits go head to head in Bella Italia, a concert as part of the Halifax Festival. Other composers whose works will be included in the match, one from each century from the 1500s to the present day, include the great English madrigalist John Wilbye and English Romantic composer Charles Villiers Stanford, the Neapolitan composer Francesco Durante and the 20th Century Vatican composer Lorenzo Perosi.

The finale of Bella Italia will feature a little musical humour, courtesy of the 19th Century Austrian composer Richard Genée whose composition Insalata Italiana is “a musical jest in the form of an Italian Opera”, but in the end, will the England team win this time?

The concert takes place at 8pm on Tuesday, July 1, at All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax.

Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) in advance from the Halifax Festival Box Office at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG (Telephone 01422 349422) and on the door.