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Our open workshops allow anyone with some experience of singing and an interest in Renaissance repertoire the opportunity to explore this music in depth alongside members of the Renaissance singers, under the direction of leading experts in the field. A basic level of ability to read music is helpful as we cover quite a lot of music during the evening.

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William Byrd's Gradualia

with David Gould

Monday 11th May 2020 7pm - 9:30pm

Voces8 Centre, Gresham Street, EC2V 7BX

£12 full price, £10 concessions

In 1605 and 1607, William Byrd published a large collection of short motets known as Gradualia - settings of the propers of the catholic Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia Offertory and Communion) for the various feasts of the church's year.  These are intensely personal compositions designed to be sung in secret, at a time when catholics were being persecuted. Even though Byrd was an old man when they were written, the Gradualia are full of energy and vitality.  In this workshop we will explore some of this miraculous and varied repertoire including Justorum Animae, the Offertory text for All Saints Day.


David Gould was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, a choral scholar at St John's College Cambridge and a lay clerk at Westminster Cathedral. He is a very experienced consort singer and member of the Cardinall's Musick, whose 13 CDs of the Latin church music of Byrd have won critical acclaim.

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