Concerts in Detail

Sing Joyfully:  celebrating William Byrd

Saturday 29th June 2013

St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE

6.15pm free pre-concert talk by Dr Kerry McCarthy

7.30pm Concert, directed by David Allinson

“Since singing is so good a thing I wish all men would learn to sing”Byrd

William Byrd was the foremost English composer in the decades around 1600. Master of every genre he cultivated – from Anglican service music and lighthearted song to the Catholic Mass, his music is unmatched for sheer inventiveness, richness and depth of feeling. And his life story – with its tension between loyal service to the crown in public and adherence to the illegal Catholic faith in private – is endlessly fascinating, shedding light on the social and religious tensions of the time.

On the Feast of St Peter and St Paul (29 June) we sing Byrd’s grand settings of the Mass Propers which Byrd dedicated to his great patron, Lord Petre of Writtle, interleaved between the movements of his sublime Mass for Five Voices. From the Anglican tradition, we sing two magisterial movements from the Great Service and his zinging anthem, Sing joyfully. The concert is crowned by Byrd’s astonishing setting of Savonarola’s meditation on mortality, Infelix ego.

As her major new study of Byrd’s life and music is published by

Oxford University Press, we are delighted to be joined by

Dr Kerry McCarthy (Duke University), who will give a pre-concert

talk about Byrd’s life and musical achievement. This is a rare

chance to hear an international authority on Byrd: Kerry is a

compelling speaker with an unrivalled knowledge of Byrd’s

biography and music.


£12    (£10 Concession)      

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