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with English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble: Byrd and Weelkes - 400 Years

Saturday March 18, 2023 at 19:30
The Stoller Hall, Manchester
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  1. Alleluia, I heard a voice - Thomas Weelkes
  2. Venite, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  3. Give ear, O Lord - Thomas Weelkes
  4. Te Deum, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  5. Benedictus, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  6. When David heard - Thomas Weelkes
  7. Hosanna to the son of David - Thomas Weelkes
  8. Magnificat, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  9. Christ Rising Again - William Byrd
  10. Nunc dimittis, from The Great Service - William Byrd
  11. Gloria in Excelsis Deo - Thomas Weelkes

The William Byrd Singers are collaborating with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in a celebration of the music of two of the finest early English composers: William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes, whose 400th anniversary of death coincide in 2023.

The Byrds' natural 'home' is steeped in early music, and especially in the music of William Byrd. The pairing of his music with that of his contemporary, Thomas Weelkes is a perfect collaboration for singer and listener alike; and it is especially rare and unusual for the choir to be accompanied by early brass instruments, which have a distinctly mellow sound.

Some of the motets which the choir and ensemble will perform by Weelkes are tremendously joyful and heartfelt in equal measure; and the music by Byrd, including his verse anthems, have an intense beauty which transcends time.

The highly regarded English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble will also play instrumental pieces by these two composers which will take the listener back to an era of one of the musical high-points of Elizabethan England. Binding the whole programme together will be large sections of Byrd's enormous Great Service which is rarely heard in this choral and instrumental combination.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
M3 1DA

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