Golden Age of Elizabethan and Jacobean Church Music
William Byrd Choir
Director – Gavin Turner Organist – Richard Powell
Saturday 22nd July at 6pm
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Salle NR10 4SE (near Reepham)
The main item is the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of William Byrd’s Great Service, lost for three hundred years, re-discovered in the early 20th century in the Durham Cathedral library, memorably recorded by Kings Cambridge under David Willcocks in 1960, but subsequently until much more recently not much performed either liturgically or in concert. It is one of the great works of the English choral repertoire. The past twenty years have seen a big revival in the performance of a wide range of Byrd’s church music, and of the Great Service itself. The other items in the programme are, by Byrd: Lift up your heads O ye gates, O Lord give ear; by Orlando Gibbons: Lift up your heads O ye gates, O Lord in thy wrath, Hosanna to the Son of David, O clap you hands together all ye people; by Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David, When David heard that Absalom was slain; by Thomas Tomkins: Almighty God the fountain of all wisdom, There will also be some organ music by Gibbons and Tomkins.
Salle is a beautiful church for a concert. You can picnic on the lawns beside the church before the concert and there even be a cricket on the village green! The setting sun throws a wonderful light into the church – an idyllic setting, wonderful music and an almost perfect acoustic.