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Cristobal de Morales Asperges me a 5

Arvo Pärt And one of the Pharisees…

Cristobal de Morales In Illo Tempore, Assumpsit Iesus

Krzystof Penderecki Agnus Dei

Alexander Goehr Fugue on the notes of Psalm 4

Cristobal de Morales Per tuam crucem

Per Nørgård Out of this World - Parting [UK Premiere]

Eriks Esenvalds Passion and Resurrection



Championing the ensemble music of 20th century modernism, The Facade Ensemble was founded by its conductor and artistic director - Benedict Collins Rice and drew its members originally from the finest singers and instrumentalists at Cambridge University. Already then with pedigrees including National Youth Orchestra principal seats and BBC Young Musician Finalists, the ensemble has continued developing as a dynamic collective of young professionals and contains prostigous prize-winners, Radio 3 New Generation Artists and members of vocal groups The Sixteen, Voces 8, and Tenebrae.

The ensemble has a core of 8 or so musicians but one of its strengths is a versatility which enables it to perform music outside the scope of most chamber ensembles.

With a reputation for binging a 'liberal seasoning of vivacity and wit' to performances, the ensemble carefully curates programmes which are both imaginative and accessible. Proving time and time again that music - often sadly dismissed as 'difficult' - can be a richly rewarding experience.

Recent highlights have included sell-out performances of Stockhausen; UK tours of Schoenberg (with Odradek Records) and Arvo Part; and a programme exploring ritual through pairing the Cantatas of Stravinsky and Birtwistle with medieval carols and Medieval inspired music by Bryars and Maxwell Davies.

Facade are delighted to be Ensemble in Residence at The Courtauld Institute and are looking forward to collaborating with 2112 Foundation, San Francisco. These projects are part of Facade's mission to reach out and evangelise for this repertoire outside the concert hall. The ensemble also has a history of collaborating with the amateur groups to enable them to experience and perform this powerful repertoire.

Passion and Resurrection: St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

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