12.00 noon, Saturday 17 August, 2013
Queens' College Chapel, Cambridge
Tickets: £15.00, £12.00
This hour-long concert demonstrates William Byrd's mastery in writing for the voice, focusing on works of
particular importance to his beliefs as a recusant Roman Catholic in Elizabethan England. Included are familiar works - the five-part Mass,
Vigilate and Ne irascaris, Domine - and one that you almost certainly won't know,
the incredibly haunting unpublished setting of O salutaris hostia.
The Mercian Consort is a versatile vocal ensemble made up of young singers drawn from across the UK; their first CD will be released
later this year. The consort focuses on engagement with deeply emotional religious texts.
All concert information is correct at 20 May 2015.