International Concert Series Spring 2023

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor
A Celebration of Byrd

Tuesday 20th June 2023

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The Sixteen are brilliant at lifting us up to another world

William Byrd Arise Lord into thy rest
Philip van Wilder O doux regard
William Byrd Ne irascaris/Civitas sancti tui
Philippe de Monte O suavitas et dulcedo
Dobrinka Tabakova Arise Lord into thy rest (new commission)
Jacobus Clemens Non Papa Tristitia et anxietas
William Byrd Tristitia et anxietas
William Byrd Turn our captivity
Jacobus Clemens Non Papa Ego flos campi
Dobrinka Tabakova Turn our captivity (new commission)
Philippe de Monte Super flumina Babylonis
William Byrd Quomodo cantabimus?
William Byrd Vigilate

The Sixteen, one of the world’s finest and most renowned choral ensembles, returns to the National Concert Hall with its pioneering founder/conductor, Harry Christophers with a special programme Song In The Wilderness marking the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, William Byrd. 

Hallmarked by its tonal richness, expressive intensity and compelling collective artistry, The Sixteen has been acclaimed worldwide for performances drawn from well over five centuries of sacred and secular repertoire delivered with precision, power and passion.  Their innovative and imaginative work, which speaks to so many, has made a profound impact on the performance of choral music and attracted a large new audience.

Widely admired in his own time both at home and abroad, William Byrd’s influence on future generations was immense.  This special programme, marking the composer’s landmark anniversary, explores the music of his influences, colleagues and pervading faith and takes Byrd’s legacy firmly into the modern day with new works by the Bulgarian composer, Dobrinka Tabakova to two psalms Byrd set in the final years of his long and complex life.

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