Saturday 2 December, 18.00 at St Paul's Church
A Heavenly Byrd in an Earthly Tree
Music for Advent and Christmas including medieval carols and works by Byrd, Cornysh and Sheppard.
As we approach the end of the year commemorating William Byrd’s 400th anniversary (d.1623), BREMF Consort of Voices offer one final Byrd concert celebrating some of his lesser-known seasonal music for voices and viols, alongside English medieval carols and vocal fireworks from the earlier composers John Sheppard and William Cornysh (d.1523).
There is a lot of musical ‘noise’ on the approach to Christmas, and many feel that whether Christmas is a religious or an even more ancient, pagan festival for them, a break from the commercial buzz is an uplifting experience that connects us with the emotions of our ancestors. Come and join us for an early evening of very lovely music.
Mulled wine and mince pies will be available.
BREMF Consort of Voices
Deborah Roberts director
Ashdown Consort of Viols
Maurice Rogers treble
Marion Pilbeam tenor
Janet Gascoine tenor
Ruth Ridley bass
Medieval carol Angelus ad virginem
1543-1623 An earthly tree
Byrd In Nomine No. 2 (instrumental)
Byrd Fantasia No. 1 (instrumental)
Medieval carol Nowel – out of your sleep
1465-1523 Ave Maria
Byrd O magnum mysterium
c.1515 –1558 A solis ortus cardine
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Sheppard Christi Virgo dilectissima
Medieval carol Alleluya: a nywe werke
1576-1623 In Nomine a 4 (instrumental)
Byrd Hodie Christus natus est
Byrd From Virgin’s womb
Medieval carol Veni, veni Emmanuel
Medieval carol Nowel sing we
Sheppard Verbum caro factum est