Perhaps one of the most turbulent times in the history of the church was the Reformation, the to-ing and fro-ing of Protestant and Catholic monarchs and the spread of Protestantism into the Catholic heart of the church and country.
Tonight, we will perform music by two of the greatest musicians of the period who served through a number of monarchs, adapting and evolving their music in response to these periods of Reformation and Counter-Reformation and, in some instances, writing clandestine music for Catholic patrons against the reigning monarch of the day. This is particularly evident in the movements we’ve selected from the Latin masses of Byrd and Tallis – Byrd’s mass setting was not written for any royal chapel, but for the secret use of him and his Catholic patrons, whereas Tallis’s mass setting was written for Queen Mary after she had succeeded to the English throne.
During the course of the performance, there will be short explanations of the events of the time, which we hope will help set the music we’re performing in context. There will be a short interval between the two parts of the concert.
Tickets cost £10 and are available in advance from Cogito Books, St. Mary's Chare, Hexham
Tickets are also available on the door.
The concert will begin at 7.30 p.m.
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William Byrd (1543 – 1623)[p1]
Mass for Four Voices
O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen
Teach me, O Lord
Ne irascaris Domine
Thomas Tallis (c1505 – 1585)[p2]
Missa Puer natus est
Why fum’th in fight
If ye love me, keep my commandments
O Lord, give Thy Holy Spirit