Chamber Choir

Byrd's Great Service

Lifting the lid on a masterpiece

Saturday 9 August 2014, 10:30 - 16:30
St Sepulchre-without-Newgatemap ]
Holborn Viaduct
London EC1A 2DQ

Orlando Chamber Choir
James Weeks, director

Join Orlando Chamber Choir for an all-day summer workshop at the National Musician’s Church, directed by James Weeks. The repertoire is based on William Byrd’s magnificent Great Service, written around 1590 when the Anglican style was still in its infancy. The workshop explores how Byrd uses the various voice parts to maximum effect, constantly changing the scoring and creating exciting variations in musical colour and tonality. The Great Service is contrasted with a number of smaller songs, psalms and anthems from the programme below.

All choral singers are welcome but pre-booking is essential and good sight-reading skills are a prerequisite. The ticket price includes scores, interval drinks and cake.


William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Great Service - Magnificat
Great Service - Nunc dimittis
Great Service - Kyrie
Make ye joy to God
O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
Even from the depth
Come help O God
How shall a young man prone to ill
O Lord, how long wilt thou forget