Siglo de Oro's Mexican Baroque Project

For our next major project, we plan to take the irresistible music of the Mexican Baroque to audiences around the UK. We're going to make a recording featuring this repertoire, bring the music into schools around the country, and then give performances in Bristol, York, Newcastle, Manchester and London in December 2020.

Our aim is to bring to life music that would have been heard in the city of Puebla, at Christmas in the mid-17th century. The centrepiece will be a mass for Christmas Eve by Juan Gutiérrez da Padilla (as yet unrecorded), set alongside festive villancicos, which are forerunners of modern Christmas carols. This music is highly attractive, with dance-like rhythms throughout that owe much to the numerous ethnic groups (including indigenous Mexicans, Africans and Europeans) all living in the city at this time.

To recreate the sound world of 17th century Puebla, we will be collaborating with the finest young period instrumentalists for this project including Toby Carr and Sergio Bucheli (Guitar), Aileen Henry (Baroque harp), Katie Cowling (Dulcian), Stephanie Muncey-Dyer (Sackbut), Katie de la Matter (Organ) and Tom Hollister (Percussion).

We want to get this music the recognition it deserves, and to share it with children and young people for whom we hope the project will be a transformative experience. To help us make this happen, we need your help. Below are a list of possible contributions you could make to the project, and ways we will have of saying thank you!