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Ex Cathedra: Byrd's Great Service

Sunday February 5, 2023 at 16:00
Town Hall, Birmingham
£45 / £35 / £25 / £15 including per ticket commission; £15 (aged 18-30, not in full-time education); £8 (under 18s and students in full-time education)
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  1. O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth - William Byrd
  2. Mass for 3 Voices - William Byrd
    • Kyrie
    • Gloria
  3. Haec Dies quam fecit Dominus - William Byrd
  4. Creed, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  5. Mass for 5 voices - William Byrd
    • Sanctus
    • Benedictus
  6. From Virgin's womb - William Byrd
  7. Agnus Dei, from Mass for 4 voices - William Byrd
  8. Ave verum corpus - William Byrd
  9. Ye sacred muses (An elegy for Thomas Tallis) - William Byrd
  10. Sing and glorify (40-part motet) - Thomas Tallis
  11. Preces and Responses - William Byrd
  12. The Great Service - William Byrd
    • Magnificat
    • Nunc dimittis
  13. Know you not - Thomas Tomkins
  14. Christ Rising Again - William Byrd
  15. Spem in alium - Thomas Tallis

William Byrd was one of the greatest composers of the European Renaissance. This sumptuous performance - with viols, cornetts and sackbuts – will be a wonderful celebration of the 400th anniversary of a composer who could have written Ex Cathedra’s manifesto: “since singing is so good a thing, I wish all would learn to sing.

Alongside a selection of Byrd’s finest music, we give a rare performance of Thomas Tallis’s iconic 40-part motet Spem in alium – don’t miss it!

This concert will end at approximately 6pm.

Why not also join our Singing Byrd workshop, an opportunity to sing music from the concert, including excerpts from Spem in alium, alongside the members of Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and the Linarol Consort on Sat 4 Feb, 3pm.

Read more: Jeffrey Skidmore's introduction to the season.

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