Choir makes an Italian journey

Cantorelli at a recent concert in Huddersfield
Cantorelli at a recent concert in Huddersfield

Calderdale choir Cantorelli will be supporting charity with a concert at Trinity Church, Moorbottom, Honley, on Friday, June 19.

The programme will feature choral music from Italy including ‘Missa Brevis’ by Palestrina and Madrigals by Monteverdi.

Formed by a group of friends in Hebden Bridge more than 20 years ago -

although some members have moved away and new members have joined - the group has always remained loyal to its roots as a small a capella chamber choir of eight singers.

The group has performed in Honley frequently over the past three years, most recently in Trinity Church last Christmas. Choral music from Italy has always been popular within the group especially music from the 16th and 17th centuries when Italy was at the forefront of the development of new musical forms in church music and in secular song writing.

Choir member Peter Tillotson said: “Our programme features both sacred and secular music by Monteverdi including a madrigal from his Madrigals Book I of 1594 and two madrigals from Madrigals Book IV of 1603.

“A sacred motet, In Monte Olivetti, from the Tenebrae by Monteverdi’s contemporary, Carlo Gesualdo, nobleman, lutenist, composer and infamous murderer, features in the programme which also includes motets by later Italian composers Antonio Lotti, Scarlatti and Rossini.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Admission is £8/£6 on the door. No advance booking is required. Proceeds are for local charities.