Vancouver, BC

Wow! What a beautiful country this is. Yesterday some of us went out to Whistler to sample the mountain air – we don’t often get free days on tour so whenever we do, it’s worth using them wisely. Tonight we have our first performance of the trip, here in Vancouver, and we’re presenting a Postcards programme that features music from around the world.

As Jules mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, Palestrina’s birthday fell on 4 February. Our new Palestrina CD is coming out soon (Jules’ first recording) and on it we present some of Palestrina’s less well-known motets, taken from or inspired by the Song of Songs. The text of these pieces is quite erotic for the Bible, and it must have been quite brave of Palestrina to set them to music during the Renaissance. We’re certainly glad he did, for they’ve swiftly become amongst our favourite Renaissance pieces. It’ll be good to start programming and performing them, once the disc is released.

Looking ahead to next week, we return to Florida for a few days in the sun (very welcome after the FREEZING weather up here!) and then on across the south to Oklahoma and Texas, before completing the trip in the West. This is the first of three tours to the US during 2016, so we hope to see many of our friends along the way.


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