July 17 - 25, 2021


Sharon United Church
Saturday 17 July – 7:00 PM

$20. Seats must be purchased in advance or reserved by Friday July 16th to ensure the space can be mapped out for safe, social distancing.

King's Theatre
Sunday 25 July – 2:00 PM


Helios Vocal Ensemble

Eszter Horvath

Elyse Delaney

Andrew Pickett
conductor / alto

Michael van der Gaag

Spencer Gough


Musique Royale invites you to hear Helios, an incredible 5-part vocal ensemble, performing works on the theme of Lamentation. Helios is Atlantic Canada’s leading classical vocal ensemble specializing in music from the Renaissance and beyond. Included are some of the most beautiful music from the past and the present by Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and the remarkable nun Raffaella Aleotti, as well as works by the intensely expressive Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo, German great Heinrich Schütz, late Renaissance master Orlande de Lassus, and the witty twentieth-century Swedish songsmith Povel Ramel.


Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
Lamentations of Jeremiah, part I
Lamentations of Jeremiah, part II

William Byrd (1543–1623)
Ne irascaris/Civitas sancti

Raffaella Aleotti (1570–after 1646)
Miserere mei

Carlo Gesualdo (1566–1613)
O vos omnes

Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)
O primavera/O dolcezze amarissime

Orlande de Lassus (1532–1594)
Toutes les nuitz

Henry Lahee (1826–1912)
Hence, loathèd melancholy

Povel Ramel (1922–2007) arr. Anders Jalkéus (1962–)
Coffee Calls For A Cigarette

About Helios Vocal Ensemble

Helios Vocal Ensemble (Eszter Horvath, soprano, Elyse Delaney, mezzo, Andrew Pickett, alto, Michael van der Gaag, tenor, and Spencer Gough, bass) is Atlantic Canada’s leading classical vocal ensemble, performing music from the Renaissance and beyond. Founded in 2015, they have appeared regularly in the region’s chamber music series, including the Indian River Festival, Cecilia Concerts, Inner Space Concerts, the Three Churches Festival and Musique Royale, as well as the Concerts aux Îles du Bic in Québec. Their début recording, An Illuminated Christmas, was nominated for Classical CD of the Year by Music Nova Scotia.