Chamber Choir

Garden of Delights - Colchester

Smell the music, taste the sound!

Saturday 27 July 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
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Old House Road
Colchester, Essex CO6 4EQ

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Following the success of Orlando Chamber Choir's Garden of Delights in Central London, we are proud to announce that the Pimlott Foundation has invited us to repeat the concert in Colchester. We sing at the Old House which, for enhanced horticultural effect, is set within a beautiful garden.

Orlando Chamber Choir presents an all-sensory summer concert with the fragrance of flowers and the sound of Franco-Flemish Renaissance gardens. Our musical plantsmen include Antoine Brumel, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Cipriano de Rore and Orlando di Lasso, all of whom captured melodies from the biblical gardens of the Song of Songs. There will be secular flora too – polyphony about roses, lilies, vines and other greenery – with Josquin des Prez’s well-known cricket hiding amidst the leaves. Clément Janequin adds birdsong to this musical garden with singers mimicking starlings, blackbirds and the occasional nightingale. To root this oasis in today's Colchester we have seeded two contemporary garden-inspired compositions by Janet Wheeler, ready to bloom on the concert day.

Orlando’s Garden of Delights at the Pimlott Foundation is open from 16:30 for a 17:00 concert, with drinks before and after to cater for all senses.


Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300 - 1377)
Rose, liz, printemps, verdure
Josquin des Prez (c.1450 - 1521)
El grillo
Heinrich Isaac (c.1450 - 1517)
Hora e di maggio
Ich stund an einem Morgen
Gaspar van Weerbeke (c.1445 - c.1517)
O Maria, clausus hortus
Antoine Brumel (c.1460 - c.1512)
Sicut lilium inter spinas
Clément Janequin (c.1485 - 1558)
Le chant des oiseaux
Nicolas Gombert (c.1495 - c.1560)
Diversi diversa orant - Salve Regina
Cipriano de Rore (c.1515 - 1565)
Descendi in hortum meum
Jacobus Clemens non Papa (c.1510 - c.1555)
Ego flos campi a 7
Orlando di Lasso (c.1532 - 1594)
Veni in hortum meum
Veni dilecte mi
Janet Wheeler (1957 - )
The Winter it is Past
The Lake Isle of Innisfree