Concert of English Music
Saturday 6th April, 7:30pm, Guild Chapel

The Choral Tradition
Britain’s choral tradition is rooted in its cathedrals’ monastic past, when monks would chant eight holy offices a day, sometimes joined by boy novices and relatives.
Sacred choral music survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries and The Reformation in the brilliant work of composers such as Thomas Tallis, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley and the celebrated William Byrd. Between them, they created a distinctive English style of great purity. It is from this period that we take a famous work to form the foundation stone of our concert – “The Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Tallis.
The 18th century was a period of decline and underfunding, with many church choirs struggling to survive. But composers such as Samuel Wesley started a revival, and by the mid 19th century the use of music and ritual had been firmly re-established. There then followed a Golden Age of English choral music and we take compositions from C.V.Stanford, Hubert Parry and Herbert Howells to illustrate the huge variety of style and content present in churches between the end of the 19th Century and the Second World War
England is one of the sole remaining countries in Europe where cathedral and church choirs sing regularly as part of worship. This living tradition remains the envy of choir-masters around the world and gives pleasure and spiritual inspiration to worshippers and listeners alike. The “modern” period is illustrated by works from Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and John Tavener as well as a piece by our own composer and conductor, Stephen Dodsworth

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