On Sunday 30 June, the Parish Choir will be singing at Binham Priory in Norfolk. This ruined Benedictine priory was founded in the 11th century by Peter and Albreda de Valognes – Peter was a nephew of William the Conqueror.
The Choir will sing William Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices. 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.
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.
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.
The video is Collegium Musicum of Columbia University.