On Sunday 16th December, Choral Evensong service is replaced by a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6pm
To begin the service, the Choir will sing Nesciens Mater, an 8-part motet composed by Jean Mouton (1459-1522), the French Renaissance composer.
Mouton was part of the French Court under Queen Anne of Brittany, then Francis I. It is thought he accompanied Francis I to the famous summit with Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.
His most famous pupil was Adrian Willaert who founded the Venetian School of composers.
Nesciens mater virgo virum peperit
sine dolore Salvatorem saeculorum,
ipsum regem angelorum,
sola virgo lactabat
ubere de caelo pleno.
Without knowing man, the virgin mother gave birth
without pain to the savior of the ages;
the virgin alone,
whose breasts were filled by heaven,
gave suck to this same king of angels.