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New Worlds: South America

Academy of Ancient Music

The members of Voces 8, standing on some steps

The Academy of Ancient Music and VOCES8 travel from Rome to Peru, as they trace the remarkable journey of Domenico Zipoli: priest, traveller and composer extraordinaire. 

The baroque world was wider – and more wonderful – than we often assume. Domenico Zipoli began as a student of Scarlatti in Rome, and became one of the most striking European voices in the music of South America. The AAM uncovers his legacy and world, in company with a group of singers who’ve become a byword for sonic adventure, VOCES8.

Zipoli’s own rich and expressive sacred music takes its place alongside the works that inspired him: music by Palestrina, Pasquini, Scarlatti and Garbrieli, as well as the indigenous voices of South America itself. It’s a lively and thought-provoking perspective on the wider world of the baroque tradition, and with VOCES8 – ‘the Rolls Royce of British a capella ensembles’ (The Arts Desk) – joining Laurence Cummings and the AAM, it’ll positively sparkle.

This performance will end at approximately 9pm, with no interval.

Produced by the Academy of Ancient Music

Pre-concert talk

18:30, Milton Court

A discussion between Jeffrey Skidmore (Ex Cathedra) and Laurence Cummings (Music Director, AAM)

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Milton Court Concert Hall