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Villancicos: Christmas Baroque Music

Friday 26th November 2004

St James’ Church, 197 Piccadilly

To raise funds to finance projects to educate indigenous women and children in rural areas of Bolivia.

Christmas music from the colonial powerbase of Charcas, now Sucre.  The concert explored the treasure of Spanish-American vocal-instrumental music preserved in the archives of Bolivia’s old capital.

In its Baroque heyday, the villancico gained great popularity in the New World.  Sung in Spanish and Portuguese, its closeness to popular culture is probably its most distinctive feature.

Performed by the Amaryllis Consort and members of the Cambridge Baroque Camerata, direction by Charles Brett.

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