CHRISTOPHER SMITH Norfolk & Norwich Festival event at St Peter Parmentergate, Norwich
> St Peter Parmentergate, Norwich
Celebrated and celebratory Thomas Tallis's Forty-part Motet “Spem in Alium” is one of the glories of Elizabethan music.
It appears triumphantly in a fresh guise in this original interpretation by Janet Cardiff.
It is not a matter of changing the notes or performing them differently.
What is new is the way we are invited to listen to them.
- 1 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 2 Doctors baffled by teenager's horrific long Covid symptoms
- 3 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 4 Norfolk man amongst UK's 12 most wanted
- 5 Couple explores Norfolk homes in Escape to the Country
- 6 Pub near Dereham has its first winners of steak-eating challenge
- 7 Drunk student crashed into hotel wall after drinking tequilas
- 8 Tucked-away house in same family for over 100 years up for sale
- 9 MAPPED: Where thousands of homes could be built in north Norfolk
- 10 'Fantastic, loving, cheeky' 19-year-old killed in motorbike crash
In the bare nave of the old church stand 40 loudspeakers in a great oval.
The audience is invited to walk around, creating as they do so their own perspectives on the rich patterns of sound.
Pausing by any one of the speakers, you can concentrate on just one of the parts, sung for the most part by a single voice that has qualities of tone and colour of its own.
But then you can move on and enjoy another, making contrasts that bring out individuality.
After that, you can step back again further until you reach the centre.
There it is possible to relish the artistry that blends all these individuals into a unity that satisfies by combining so much variety in
one overwhelming experience.