Helios presents “Sweet Flames”

We invite you to an afternoon dedicated to love! The sixteenth and early seventeenth century were a time of ardent experimentation in setting passionate poetry to music. We’re excited to bring you a sumptuous exploration of this remarkable repertoire.

This concert is a new version of our “Sweet Flames” programme, which debuted at the Music Room last year. It features respectable English madrigals by composers such as Weelkes and Wilbye and the famous “Fair Phyllis” by Farmer; less respectable depictions of erotic love by French composers such as Lassus; beautiful songs of devotion in French and Italian by composers including Renaissance women Vittoria Aleotti and Maddalena Casulana; and favourites throughout the centuries from Pearsall, Debussy and Stan Rogers. Passion not only brings people together in the moment, but it also connects us throughout the ages as we experience the longing, bliss and loss of lovers from past centuries as if time did not exist between us.

Helios Vocal Ensemble presents Sweet Flames:
Sunday, February 16, 2pm
St George’s Round Church, 2222 Brunswick St, Halifax
Admission by donation

We welcome soprano Kallie White for this concert, during Elisabeth Stones’s maternity leave.

The Winter Queen, featuring Helios Vocal Ensemble

The Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group presents The Winter Queen: Words and Music for a Renaissance Heroine, a concert on the life and times of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I of England and briefly Queen of Bohemia. Elizabeth’s marriage to Frederick V, Count Palatinate of the Rhine in 1613 was the artistic event of the year in London and was the occasion for an outpouring of musical and dramatic art.

This concert will feature music performed by Helios Vocal Ensemble from throughout Elizabeth’s life including the English court, Heidelberg, and her later exile in The Hague, joined by Garth MacPhee on organ and harpsichord.

Admission is free (donations welcome).

Sweet Flames: Passionate Madrigals from Italy, France and Spain

The sixteenth and early seventeenth century were a time of ardent experimentation in setting passionate poetry to music. Helios Vocal Ensemble, specialists in one-to-a-part Renaissance polyphony, present a sumptuous exploration of this remarkable repertoire.

Madrigal Mystery Tour

The “Madrigal Mystery Tour” concert offers rapturous, rambunctious and raunchy songs from across Europe, with a cappella works by some of the finest composers of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Madrigal Mystery Tour

The “Madrigal Mystery Tour” concert offers rapturous, rambunctious and raunchy songs from across Europe, with a cappella works by some of the finest composers of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Madrigal Mystery Tour

The “Madrigal Mystery Tour” concert offers rapturous, rambunctious and raunchy songs from across Europe, with a cappella works by some of the finest composers of the 16th and 17th centuries.