Like the CBSO, the vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars was also forced to cancel its appearance at the Salzburg Festival due to the current quarantine rules upon return to Great Britain.
Thankfully, the vocal ensemble Cinquecento, which specializes in renaissance works, has agreed to perform instead. Featuring five singers from five different European countries, Cinquecento takes its name from the Italian term for the 16th century. The pan-European structure of the ensemble (whose members are from Austria, Belgium, Germany, England and Switzerland) creates a link with choirs of the imperial chapels in the 16th century, whose choristers were recruited on vocal merit from the leading musical institutions of Europe. Founded in Vienna in October 2004, Cinquecento quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading vocal formations. Terry Wey, the ensemble’s countertenor, was a fellow of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project in 2009.
The ensemble Cinquecento will keep part of The Tallis Scholars’ programme, performing Josquin Deprez’ Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales and complementing it with further settings of L’homme armé, Gregorian chant and further works by Josquin Deprez, whose death 500 years ago is commemorated this year.