Seattle’s vibrant early music scene

In recent years, Seattle has become a mecca for early music, the world of music created from its earliest beginnings to about the year 1750. World-class performers such as Stephen Stubbs have moved here to join long-time Seattleites Margriet Tindemans and Nancy Zylstra. It means that there are some thrilling opportunities for exploration of the world of music before Mozart, right in our own backyard!

An upcoming concert that is a must-hear (and, in the spectacular surroundings of Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, is a must-see as well) will be presented on Sunday, July 27, at 8 p.m. by the internationally renowned Tallis Scholars, in Seattle for their summer school, performing with members of the local group The Tudor Choir.  They’ll be singing English church music with a small

group of voices, transporting you in to the world of soaring Gothic cathedrals. Musically, these works range from somber to virtuosic, with every shade of emotion in between, and include some conventions that sound marvelously strange to our modern ears. If you can’t hear them live, try this recording of the Tallis Scholars singing Robert White’s Tudor Church Music, which is a great introduction to this sound. Pair Continue reading “Seattle’s vibrant early music scene”