Renowned choir Armonico Consort celebrates and explores the immense musical legacy of the church in Rome in its latest concert, telling its story through fascinating tales and the music of some of its finest exponents, Allegri, Gabrieli, Monteverdi and Palestrina.

The renowned choir Armonico Consort and its Baroque Players, are joined by the superb English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, all performing on instruments of the period, for an evening of Renaissance beauty and grandeur.

Guest narrators Oz Clarke (Warwick, Yeovil), Timothy West (Malvern) and Martyn Lewis (Wimbledon), will chart the history of the Papacy through stories of extraordinary leadership, intellect and faithfulness while stumbling upon tales that are as hilariously absurd as they are shocking.

Land of Pope and Glory features music of several Renaissance masters with highlights including Allegri’s soaring Miserere Mei and excerpts from Monteverdi’s Vespers and Gabrieli’s Magnificat.

“When I heard that Pope Stephen VI posthumously tried his predecessor, having his body exhumed and placed on trial, and barking interrogation at the deceased, and add that to some of the greatest choral music ever written, and I knew there must be a concert programme in this extraordinary subject!” says Christopher Monks, Artistic Director of Armonico Consort.

Armonico Consort is highly regarded for its performances of Renaissance choral works.  Its most recent recording of Supersize Polyphony on the Signum label, received a five star review from BBC Music magazine.

Land of Pope and Glory is at Warwick’s Collegiate Church of St Mary (Sat 28 Sep), Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre (Tue 1 Oct), Malvern Theatres (Fri 4 Oct) and Wimbledon International Music Festival (Sat 23 Nov).  For details visit www.armonico.org.uk