To include the
TALLIS 40 PART MOTET ‘Spem in Alium’
Saturday 6 June 2009

The exciting 40-part Motet is the principal item in a concert of choral music and instrumental gems such as the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Parry’s I Was Glad. Invited singers from local choirs will be taking part in this rarely performed piece conducted by James Wharton. Exciting because the singers are divided into 8 choirs who are going to perform in the gallery thus surrounding the audience with glorious sound.

Vouchers cost £10.00 with £8.00 concessions and accompanied under 16’s £1.00 and can be purchased from, by phoning 01908 561984 or from Odell’s Ironmongers shop in Stony Stratford.
All proceeds from the concert will be devoted to the Church’s Willis Pipe Organ Refurbishment Fund

The singers are from The Parish Singers, Quorum, Milton Keynes Chorale, Milton Keynes Youth Choir and Andante.

Each singer has a line of music to themselves and are grouped in 8 small ‘spem choirs; one choir will start singing, followed by another further around the gallery, then another until all choirs are singing. Then, after a climax and a dramatic pause the direction reverses until all the choirs are again singing and the audience is enveloped in music from all directions as the glorious unforgettable finale develops.

Vivant will play music for violin and melodeon and The Deadwood Quartet – a recorder trio with continuo. Organ solos will be by James Wharton and Andrew Storer.

Details of the Willis 3 Manual organ and the organ appeal can be found at


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