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William Byrd at Lincoln:A Symposium Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Composer’s Death

3-4 July 2023, Lincoln Cathedral

2023 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd. Lincoln Cathedral was Byrd’s first known place of employment. While in Lincoln, Byrd worked as Organist and Master of the Choristers from 1563-72, married his wife Julian, who came from a Lincolnshire family, and had his first children. Even after his departure, Byrd continued to receive payments for the continued provision of new music to the cathedral.

Lincoln Cathedral is hosting a festival of events on the weekend of 30 June-4 July 2023 including an academic 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 at the final Evensong.

The programme includes papers on Byrd’s time at Lincoln and at the royal court, on his sacred and secular music, on his international and Catholic networks, and on performing his music in his own time and ours.

Full details, programme and registration can be found at:

*** The cathedral is kindly offering free tickets to students. Email with your request including your name and current educational institution.

*** Thanks to the generosity of the Society for Renaissance Studies we are also able to offer a small number of travel / accommodation bursaries for PhD students and unwaged ECRs (early career researchers). Details and application at:

Questions about the symposium be directed to:



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