Chamber Choir

Two Fathers of Musick

Tallis and Byrd in Elizabeth's England

Thursday 18 March 2010, 19:30 - 21:30
St Andrew Holbornmap ]
5 St Andrew Street
London EC4A 3AF

Orlando Chamber Choir
James Weeks, director
Ruth Massey, mezzo-soprano

A concert that contrasts two early English masters, Tallis and Byrd, setting them within the glittering but turbulent court of Queen Elizabeth I. Motets and anthems, airs and fancies, songs and psalms paint a fascinating picture of their musical world.


Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585)
Loquebantur variis linguis
Salvator mundi I
In jejunio et fletu
William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Miserere mihi Domine
What steps of strife (alto)
Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585)
Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
From Virgin's womb (alto)
Heac dies
Fantasia a 4 no 1 (recorders)
Sing joyfully
Though Amaryllis dance in green
This sweet and merry month of May
Rejoice unto the Lord (alto)
Mass for 4 voices - Sanctus
Mass for 4 voices - Benedictus
Mass for 4 voices - Agnus Dei
Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585)
O nata lux
William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Ye sacred muses (alto)
Justorum animae
O God that guides the cheerful sun