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Composer: Hassler, Hans Leo (1564-1612)

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Year of birth1564
Year of death1612
NationalityUnknown
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SheffieldForged in Sheffield: University of Sheffield Chamber Choir

Taverner, Tallis, Hassler
Tristan Fanning; Sheffield University Chamber Choir
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Exultate Singers celebrate the splendours of Venice

Exultate Singers © Louise Broom
The Exultate choir played alongside His Majesties Sagbutts for an evening of music from St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, some of which hadn't been heard for over 400 years.
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The White Hands Choir of Venezuela: A miracle of grace in Salzburg

©  Silvia Lelli
The Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir) of Venezuela, one of the leading group of the Special Education Programme, was founded by Johnny Gómez in 1995 to include children and young adults with disabilities. The White Hands Choir is part of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs, known as “El Sistema”.
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The Tallis Scholars at 40, Gesualdo at 400 at Cadogan Hall

The Tallis Scholars  ©  Eric Richmond
Celebrating their 40th anniversary year, The Tallis Scholars presented a programme of Renaissance polyphony centred around another anniversary – that of Carlo Gesualdo, the 400th anniversary of whose death falls this year. The first half of the concert was a complete performance of Gesualdo’s masterpiece, the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (1611).
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A puppet little match girl passion at Spitalfields Winter Festival

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival: The Little Match Girl Passion  ©  Matthew Robins
December in London doesn’t just mean wall-to-wall carol singing and the Messiah. It also means Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, which can be relied upon to programme something novel for the festive season while still not skimping on the mince pies.
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The NCEM Composers' Awards set in context by the Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars  ©  Eric Richmond
A competition for young composers run by the National Centre for Early Music may perhaps, at first glance, sound like a contradiction, but the winning pieces, performed tonight by the Tallis Scholars in Durham Cathedral, acknowledged the glories of early polyphonic choral music whilst conveying their composers’ own distinct musical ideas.
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