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Chelys Consort of Viols

The Honour of William Byrd

Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano)
The Honour of William Byrd

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

Exploring many sides of the man and his music, encompassing the honouring of his contemporaries, the honouring of his Catholic faith under a Protestant regime, honouring the Protestant Queen Elizabeth despite his Catholicism, and honouring his country.

If musical output gives us an indication of the person within, then who is this man who is both devoutly Catholic yet clearly a favourite of the Protestant Queen who made his faith illegal, a serious character capable of weighty contemplation but also sharp wit and humour, and the loyal friend who wrote so personally and touchingly of the loss of his teacher and friend Thomas Tallis? This programme explores the proud Englishman, devoted friend, loyal subject, and faithful servant who was William Byrd.

The concert will be an hour long, followed by Choral Evensong with viols at 6:30pm - all welcome.

Chelys Consort of Viols and former BBC New Generation Artist Helen Charlston join forces to celebrate one of England's best loved composers. Their recording of Byrd has received considerable critical acclaim:

"For all lovers of English music, this disc is a must; as a quatercentenary tribute it is simply outstanding"

— EuropaDisc

"...both beautiful and profound, measured and thoughtful"

— Early Music Review

  • 📅Sun, 11 February 2024
  • 📍St Mary's in the Lacemarket, Nottingham
  • 🕑4:00pm
  • 🎫£15 (£10 over 65s and under 30s; £5 students; under 18s free)

St Mary's in the Lacemarket, Nottingham
High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HF, United Kingdom

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