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Blue Heron

directed by Scott Metcalfe

Friday, October 16, 2009 at 8pm
St. Paul Church in Harvard Square
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

Tickets: $64, $49, $38, $19 – reserved seating

Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks: Sacred works by

Hugh Aston, Nicholas Ludford, Robert Fayrfax, and others

Boston’s own Blue Heron Renaissance Choir celebrates its 10th anniversary as the opening performance of the Boston Early Music Festival’s 20th concert season. Since its founding in 1999, Blue Heron has worked to bring the stunning virtuosic music of England’s Peterhouse Partbooks to light through their illuminating performances. Copied for the new cathedral foundation of Christ Church, Canterbury, ca. 1540-41, these books contain an extensive and mostly neglected repertoire of pre-
Reformation English polyphony,much of it of superlative quality, with two works being presented here in their North American premieres. Don’t miss this special program of music by Hugh Aston, Nicholas Ludford, Robert Fayrfax, and others, plus secular songs from early Tudor manuscripts.