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The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage 2024: Masters of Imitation

Celebrating the art of imitation, our 2024 Choral Pilgrimage explores music from the master of parody, Orlande de Lassus, alongside works by Josquin, Casulana and Bob Chilcott.

  • 5th April 2024 - 5th April 2024
  • 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Our 2024 Choral Pilgrimage celebrates the art of parody in music. Fundamental to the creative spirit of 16th and early 17th century polyphonic music in Europe, this popular technique involves borrowing material from an existing piece and reworking it to create something new. 16th-century composer Orlande de Lassus was the master of this style of writing, reworking his own pieces to parodies on another great master of almost a century earlier, Josquin des Pres. Taking the concept into the modern day, we have invited the extraordinarily inventive composer, Bob Chilcott, to write a sacred work parodying one of Lassus’ finest secular madrigals.


We also shine a spotlight on Italian composer, lutenist and singer of the late Renaissance Maddalena Casulana, the first female composer in the history of western music to have a whole book of her works printed and published. Writing with an intimate and palpable knowledge of the human voice, her works explore themes of love and desire, and were highly regarded by other composers of the time.


  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Induction loops
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

First World War poet Rupert Brooke studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and spent time living in Grantchester. He was so enamoured with the Cambridgeshire village he penned one of his most famous works, The Old Vicarage, about his home there.