10:15 a.m. May 9, 2022
11:03 a.m. May 9, 2022
Penzance Catholic Church is hosting a music and arts festival and this year’s special guests are the impeccably talented Gesualdo Six ensemble.
Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blending, The Gesualdo Six are an award-winning British vocal ensemble, featuring some of the country’s finest consort singers.
They will perform in Cornwall this month at the Penzance Celebration of Music and Art.
The festival at Rosevean Road Roman Catholic Church began in 1998 and was led by the church’s choir music director, David Gridley. It has become a highlight of the local arts calendar and has attracted a number of excellent ensembles, well known both domestically and abroad.
The Gesualdo Six is a highlight of this year’s event, and their concert on Thursday, May 19 will feature music from Tallis, Byrd, Sheryngham, Gibbons and Morley.
On Monday the 16th The James Hook Players will perform songs and string sextets from the Stuart period and on Tuesday the 17th there will be an organ recital by David Saint, with music by Mendelsohn, Pachabel and Vierne. On Wednesday the 18th it’s the turn of the Gwenton Trio, led by pianist Stella Pendrous with cellist Becky McGlade and violinist Hannah Birt and on Friday the 20th The Heinichen Ensemble will play music on replica period instruments . Saturday’s concert will be The Mousehole Male Voice Choir.
New this year are a number of daytime lectures on topics such as the environment, recycling and church history. There will also be a display of artwork from local schools and anthem-themed flower displays. For the healing of the nations.
The festival runs from May 15 to 22. Day talks start at 10.30am with tea and coffee. Evening performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are £10, except Thursdays at £12.
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