“What a glorious sound, uplifting and such texture.....” A.Ferguson
Collegium Singers is a chamber choir based in Somerset. We have developed a reputation for excellent performances of interesting programmes which challenge singers, players and audiences alike. Our vocal repertoire spans from the eleventh century to the present day, including several first modern performances of Baroque works, as well as projects involving collaborations with musicians from recognised professional period ensembles.
Our Next Concert
"Whoever wants some light fun, come to the party for a little while!
Young lovers - bring your sweethearts!
Come hear the singing and ringing!"
In our upcoming Spring concert "Madrigal Madness" we offer a concert of madrigals and part songs from the 16th Century to the 20th.
Music will include Adriano Banchieri's rarely performed Festino nella sera di Giovedì Grasso avanti Cena of 1608. A Bolognese priest, Banchieri wrote several "madrigal cycles", works of up to 20 individual madrigals telling a single story, including this depiction of an evening's entertainment before dinner at carnival time. A series of groups including match sellers, bakers, and revellers in animal masks invade the party to entertain and amuse.
Other works include onomatopoeic madrigals by Claude Janequin - La Guerre depicts the 1515 battle of Marignan, where combined French and Venetian forces defeated the Swiss confederates.
We will follow this with related genres from 17th century France and England: elegant airs de cours by Pierre Guedron and delightful Elizabethan lute songs by John Dowland.
We then move to more modern music still inspired by the past - Claude Debussy's Trois chansons de Charles D'Orleans, setting the words written by the 15th Century French Duke Charles D'Orleans while a prisoner of war in England, and English master Ralph Vaughan William's Three Shakespeare Songs.
Come join us as we explore beautiful music written for the voice - music designed to tell stories and delight the senses.
Coming up in 2020
Celebrating Somerset's Composers
Saturday 27th June 2020, 7.30pm
Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA
Medieval & Modern
Saturday 14th November 2020, 7.30pm
Church of St Paul and St Peter, North Curry