A feast of music

The Priory Singers.
The Priory Singers.

Musical Banquet, Monday, May 21, 8pm. Tickets £12, £8 conc, children free. Priory Singers, Saturday, May 26, noon, donations, Both at St Mary’s Church, Holy Island.

THE critically-acclaimed Oxfordshire Early Music trio Musical Banquet will be visiting Holy Island this month to perform a Gala Charity Concert with all proceeds divided between the Church of St Mary the Virgin and the island community’s Village Hall Restoration Project.

Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a menu of musical treats including vocal and instrumental works by Purcell, Gibbons and their English and European contemporaries, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

With plenty of surprises along the way the evening will be presented in the trio’s characteristically innovative and imaginative style.

In the historic surroundings of this glorious Grade 1-listed building, dating back to the seventh century, this is an unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed using period instruments combined with counter-tenor voice much as a 17th and 18th-century audience would have heard them.

An eclectic selection of music will range from the love songs of 17th-century Spain to excerpts from the semi-operas of Henry Purcell and the concert includes a special tribute to the poet and songwriter Robert Burns.

Ticket prices include a complimentary souvenir programme and interval hospitality when there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. Places are strictly limited and early booking is strongly recommended.

And later in the month, The Priory Singers will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine. Entry is on a donation basis.

The Priory Singers was formed in 1979 and has a current membership of about 60.

The Priory Singers are a registered charity with the aim of furthering the appreciation of choral music within the local community.