Our Lenten journey begins.
All Saints Fulham Choir will be led by our Assistant Organist, Emma Howarth, for the Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 22nd February at 8pm. The Choir will sing a mass, written by Tudor composer William Byrd (1540-1623), during the Eucharist.
Byrd was one of the foremost English composers of his day; he wrote a wealth of music, from motets to psalms; from dances to sonnets. Byrd wrote three Masses in his lifetime – 3-, 4- and 5-part Masses for different sized choirs. All Saints Fulham Choir will sing the Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, and Agnus Dei from Byrd’s 4-part Mass which was first published in 1592, probably the earliest of the Masses.
Byrd began his musical education as a chorister at Chapel Royal, based at Hampton Court Palace and was probably taught keyboard by Thomas Tallis. He then became Organist at Lincoln Cathedral between 1563-72 before returning to London and the Chapel Royal.
A collection of his church music was published in two Gradualia volumes, the first in 1605, the second in 1607, but reissued together in 1610, containing over 100 separate pieces of music for every single major festival throughout the church year.
If you’d like listen to more of William Byrd, the Wigmore Hall in London, will be staging the William Byrd Sacred Music Series in 2012/3. The “largest ever celebration of the English Renaissance master’s music in London”.