Women’s monasteries shaped European culture. Yet their achievements remain largely unsung. Beginning with the visionary ‘Sybil of the Rhine’, Hildegard of Bingen, the singers of Ensemble Peregrina will present an innovative tour, ranging across Europe, of medieval music from women’s monasteries for women saints.
From the ecstatic and exacting chant of Hildegard to the contemplative songs of devotional orders in the Low Countries, from the polyphonic playfulness of the Spanish Cistercians at Las Huelgas to the austere consonances of the Poor Clares of Stary Sacz in Poland, the programme witnesses to female creativity and faith across the centuries while highlighting the role these diverse institutions played in the political and social life of medieval Europe.
The evening will be candlelit with Hildegard’s music performed in procession to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Main Building.
Founded in 1997, Ensemble Peregrina is one of the leading international ensembles dedicated to the performance of early medieval vocal music, directed by Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett. The core of the ensemble are Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett, Kelly Landerkin, Lorenza Donadini, Hanna Järveläinen and Baptiste Romain, often joined by other excellent musicians like Eve Kopli, Hanna Marti and Marc Lewon.
The event is supported by Barden and Flavia Gale in honour of Eloise Susanna Gale.
There are a limited number of tickets available for this event. Please visit www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/events/ensemble-peregrina/ to book and reserve your place. Tickets are charged at £10 for guests and are free for students.