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Secret Byrd

Recusant Byrd

The Gesualdo Six
Secret Byrd

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

Part art installation, part concert, and part immersive theatre, Secret Byrd will tour Byrd’s essential story, to highlight religious persecution still afflicting the world today, and perhaps most importantly – to encourage us all to let people believe what they wish.

I fervently believe that once we stop trying to convince people they’re wrong, we can move to the next stage of our evolution – working together to protect a world where we each get to choose our fate.”

Concert-theatre at its most intimate

Singers are staged to manage the house, light the candles, and gather to worship. They sing the Ordinary movements of the mass that Byrd set, while the strings play the Proper movements (the sections that change in the liturgy week to week). At one moment a rude interruption crashes into the serenity of the evening, and a sacrifice must be made.

Bread is broken by the audience where communion occurs in the mass. What was a solemn reenactment turns to a celebration of life and the searing power of music.

A gallery of the history of Catholic recusancy and religious persecution still occurring today is included for audiences to learn about Byrd’s incredible faith and advocacy. Please read the program notes on the right to learn more about what motivates this production.

Two performances: 7pm and 9:30pm

  • 📅Thu, 7 September 2023
  • 📍The Mount Without, Bristol
  • 🕑7:00pm
  • 🎫£30, £35 with soup
Location

The Mount Without, Bristol
Old Park Hill, Bristol, BS2 8BB, United Kingdom

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