The Sixteen to perform programme inspired by the Bill Viola/Michelangelo exhibition

4 February 2019

A public concert at the Royal Academy of Arts, including world premiere of Genesis Foundation commission by Angus McPhee

Programme of music from the Sistine Chapel by Allegri and Josquin, with Sir James MacMillan’s Miserere and a world premiere by Angus McPhee, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation

On 27 February, Eamonn Dougan and The Sixteen will give a concert in the new Benjamin West Lecture Theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts, generously made possible by the Genesis Foundation. The concert is inspired by the Royal Academy’s Bill Viola/Michelangelo exhibition, which is sponsored by the Genesis Foundation, mirroring the pairing of old and new with music from the Sistine Chapel by Allegri and Josquin, coupled with musical responses from contemporary composers Sir James MacMillan and a world premiere by Angus McPhee, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation.

Angus McPhee

The Genesis Foundation has long been a supporter of The Sixteen, commissioning many choral works as well as funding Genesis Sixteen, its free choral training programme for singers aged 18-23. McPhee was part of the inaugural Genesis Sixteen in 2011, and his piece is the 28th work to be commissioned by the Foundation.  His piece Panem Nostrum… Ave Maria takes its influence from a setting of the same text by Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez.

John Studzinski says:

“The Sixteen are treasured long-term partners of the Genesis Foundation. For 15 years, this peerless choir have performed many Genesis Commissions including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater in the Sistine Chapel and formed Genesis Sixteen to nurture young singers and conductors. The Sixteen’s choice of repertoire is always inspirational and tonight’s is no exception as they’ve crafted a programme that perfectly complements the Viola / Michelangelo show. Like these artistic giants, The Sixteen have fused the contemporary with the timeless, creating something uniquely powerful that allows us to contemplate the presence of the divine in our lives.”

For tickets and further information on this exhibition, click here.

For more information on the Genesis Foundation’s partnership with The Sixteen, click here.


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