It's day 20 and we're delighted to be with The Gesualdo Six
and sopranos Beth Partridge and Hannah King who are performing for us Gaudebat
by composer Katharine Parton
, which can be found in Volume 3 of Multitude of Voyces
’ Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers.
“Gaudebat celebrates Mary’s tremendous joy and love for her child, juxtaposed with the emotion of the last moments of pregnancy; the uncertain and unknown. The text is taken from the “Stabat Mater speciosa”, attributed to Jacapone da Todi (1230–1306).”
The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. The ensemble integrates educational work into its activities, regularly holding workshops for young musicians and composers. The Gesualdo Six has curated two Composition Competitions, with the 2019 edition attracting entries from over three hundred composers around the world. The group have recently commissioned new works from Joanna Ward, Kerensa Briggs, Deborah Pritchard, Joanna Marsh, and Richard Barnard alongside coronasolfège for 6 by Héloïse Werner.