Lent Sessions

The Gesualdo Six present Lent Sessions: a series of short recitals featuring motets, hymns and plainchant recorded in the historic church of St Bartholomew the Great in London.

The series is available to watch on OnJam, with tickets giving access for two months.

About the music

The season of Lent has provided composers with a canvas to create works full of atmosphere and drama. Programming sacred music for this time of year is challenging as there is such a rich vein of glorious repertoire to choose from. Recorded in early 2021, our Lent Sessions bring together music that we missed singing with colleagues on Sunday mornings at churches around the UK.

Series trailer


Episode 1: Ash Wednesday

Jacob Obrecht  Parce Domine
Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me (Southwell)
Plainchant: Qui meditabitur in lege Domini
William Byrd Miserere mei, Deus

Episode 2

Thomas Morley Nolo mortem peccatoris
Plainchant: Erubescant et conturbentur
Hymn: Forty days and forty nights (Aus der tiefe)

Episode 3

Orlande de Lassus  Miserere mei, Domine
Plainchant: Meditabor in mandatis tuis
Hymn: Lord, in this thy mercy’s day (St Philip)

Episode 4

Heinrich Isaac Oculi mei
Plainchant: Justitiae Domini rectae
Hymn: Take up thy cross (Breslau)

Episode 5

Manuel Cardoso Aquam quam ego dabo
Plainchant: Attende Domine (Lent Prose)
Hymn: There is a green hill (Horsley)

Episode 6

Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Stabat Mater
Plainchant: Hoc corpus
Hymn: O sacred head, sore wounded (Passion Chorale)

Episode 7: Palm Sunday

Plainchant: Hosanna filio David
Francisco Guerrero In passione positus Jesus 
Plainchant: Pater, si non potest
Hymn: It is finished (Ronald Perrin)

Episode 8: Easter Sunday

Plainchant: Alleluia
Lodovico Grossi da Viadana  Exsultate iusti
Plainchant: Victimae paschali laudes
Hymn: This joyful Eastertide (David’s Psalmen harm. Charles Wood)

Produced by G6 Studio
Filmed by Hafren Park
Editors: Josh Cooter, Owain Park, Joseph Wicks

Gramophone featured our Lent Sessions series as their Video of the Day

Read an article about our Lent Sessions series on Planet Hugill


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