• Date and time: Saturday 18 March 2023, 7.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Central Hall, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Tickets: Centre block: £18 (£16; £5) Centre-side blocks: £16 (£14; £5) Side blocks: £12 (£10; £3), booking required

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University Choir
The 24
The City Musick (cornett, sackbut, dulcian, strings, organs, theorbos)
Robert Hollingworth  conductor

Reining in the Donkey

Orazio Benevoli   Missa Si Deus Pro Nobis
Vincenzo Ugolini   Quae est ista
And other works from seventeenth-century Rome

Featuring the exotic wind and brass instruments of The City Musick, this most unusual event presents multi-choir works from the 'Colossal Baroque' of seventeenth-century Rome: four-choir music by Benevoli, his Venetian teacher Ugolini and others. The music features a curious technique called 'reining in the donkey' in which lower parts move hastily underneath a static soprano line, supposedly like a priest sitting on and trying to hold back a frenetic donkey (think 'King of Kings' in the Halleluiah chorus).