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.

Date & Time: Saturday 2 December, 18.00

Ticket price: £15; 12-25s £7.50; under 12s free

Venue: St Paul's Church

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
Marion Pilbeam tenor
Janet Gascoine tenor
Ruth Ridley bass


Medieval carol Angelus ad virginem

William Byrd
An earthly tree

Byrd In Nomine No. 2 (instrumental)

Byrd Fantasia No. 1 (instrumental)

Medieval carol Nowel – out of your sleep

William Cornysh
Ave Maria

Byrd O magnum mysterium

John Sheppard
c.1515 –1558
A solis ortus cardine

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Sheppard Christi Virgo dilectissima

Medieval carol Alleluya: a nywe werke

Thomas Weelkes
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

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