Marian Consort

Marian Consort - 9 August 2019

11:00am Friday, August 9 2019

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary's)

A £24 B £16 RV Allocated Seating

Byrd Miserere mei Deus 3½’

Byrd Gaudeamus omnes (Introit for All Saints) 3½’

Byrd Kyrie from Mass for four voices 1¾’

Strogers Non me vincat, Deus meus 4½’

Byrd Gloria from Mass for four voices 5¼’

Byrd Timete Dominum (Gradual for All Saints) 4¼’

Gerarde Sive vigilem 5¾’

Philips Salve Regina 5¾’

Byrd Justorum animæ (Offertory for All Saints) 3’

Byrd Sanctus & Benedictus from Mass for four voices 4’

Peerson Laboravi in gemitu meo 5½’

Byrd Agnus Dei from Mass for four voices 3¾’

Byrd Beati mundo corde (Communion for All Saints) 2¾’

Byrd Venite, exultemus Domino 3¼’

The Marian Consort sang beautifully – the tone, intonation and emotion were perfectly pitched… both innovative in its presentation of early music and of the highest quality in terms of technique and musicianship… A highlight of my musical year. Audience members 2016

This morning’s programme takes as its theme Singing in Secret: music from recusant renaissance England. It draws on the rich corpus of music written by William Byrd, our greatest renaissance composer. A devout Catholic, Byrd lived the life of an Elizabethan recusant and in his Gradualia publications and settings of the Mass Ordinary he provided a comprehensive compendium of music for the Catholic mass, which in the early seventeenth century was still being conducted in clandestine services held in the private houses of the nobility. More than this, many of Byrd’s chosen motet texts, with their themes of desolation and a desire for divine intervention, have been seen to allude to the plight of Catholics in England during his lifetime. Interspersed with Byrd’s music are motets by his contemporaries, many of whom either shared his recusant sensibilities or whose motet texts have been read in this light.

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The Marian Consort

Under its founder and director, Rory McCleery, the Gramophone Award-nominated Marian Consort has given concerts throughout the UK and Europe and features regularly on Radio 3. It made its North... read more

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