In a brand new Listening Club course for 2023, consisting of six online sessions over Zoom, we celebrate the life and music of William Byrd who died four hundred years ago in 1623. Each session is recorded and made available to watch later; those attending live are invited to take part in the Q&A.
New College Oxford, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN, UK
The Choir of New College, Oxford, sings music by Byrd live on BBC Radio 3: the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the ‘Great’ Service, the motet Exsurge Domine, and an introit by Byrd’s younger contemporary and fellow-anniversarian Thomas Weelkes. Open to the public; please be seated by 3:45pm.
Oxford, The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ, UK
Stile Antico will lead and coach participants through a feast of Byrd’s music, chosen to mark 400 years since the composer’s death. The day will culminate with a grand service of evensong at 5pm, at which we will perform all the music that we have worked on during the afternoon.
Stoller Hall, Manchester, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA, UK
Alongside the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, the William Byrd Singers will take to The Stoller Hall stage to give voice to anthems and motets by Byrd & Weelkes, rounding the concert off with a complete performance of Byrd’s massive Great Service.
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Saxmundham IP17 1FB, UK
Do you love singing but only have time to sing in the shower or the car? Why not take part in a Britten Pears Arts Scratch Choir, where you join a bunch of like-minded people, rehearse and perform, all in one day.
St Stephen & St Agnes Church, Vansittart Rd, Windsor SL4 5DA, UK
Windsor’s leading chamber choir bring you a concert commemorating 400 years since the death of renaissance composer William Byrd and his astonishing musical legacy. They will be singing one piece from each of his major publications spanning a range of his musical styles.
Lincoln Cathedral is hosting a festival of events on the weekend of 30 June-4 July 2023 and invites the academic community (in its broadest sense) to a symposium that will take place on 3-4 July, in conjunction with Byrd-themed choral services and the dedication of a new memorial to Byrd.