Unfortunately the concert with Mariana Flores and Hopkinson Smith has had to be postponed until next year’s Easter Festival. We are delighted that, in their stead, Elam Rotem (conductor of the Profeti della Quinta Ensemble) and the young Australian tenor Jacob Lawrence, who both studied at the Schola Cantorum in Basle, will be interpreting Italian Easter music from the end of the Renaissance period. The composers then (as now) experimented with new means of expression to heighten emotions. In the lamentations for Ash Wednesday written by Emilio de Cavalieri shortly before 1600, the extremely expressive music underlines the sombre and yet always hopeful Passion texts. The programme will also include works by Anerio, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Durante, Cima and improvisations by Elam Rotem (*1984).

Jacob Lawrence – Tenor
Elam Rotem – harpsichord, organo