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Thu, 17 Aug


Clare Church

Sion Deserta Est - Clare Church


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Sion Deserta Est - Clare Church
Sion Deserta Est - Clare Church

Time & Location

17 Aug 2023, 18:30

Clare Church, High St, Clare, Sudbury CO10 8NY, UK

About the event

Donations will be accepted on the door, or can be made in advance on this page.

Regina coeli Plainchant

Regina coeli Robert White

‘Gloria’ from Missa Salve Intermata Thomas Tallis

Salve Regina Plainchant

Ave Maria Robert Parsons

Lamentation a5 Robert White

Tristitia et anxietas Clemens non Papa

Tristitia et anxietas William Byrd

Assumpta est maria William Byrd

Alleluia, Assumpta est Maria Plainchant

Ego Flos campi Clemens non Papa

Ne irascaris, Domine-Civitas sancti tui William Byrd

In this programme of sixteenth-century polyphony, the up-and-coming Luceat Choir (‘Luceat translates as shine, which is just what this choir does’, Organist’s Review 2021 5*), surveys the profound and sublime output of the English Reformation Catholic composers. This survey is most aptly consolidated in the music of William Byrd, in the year of his 400th anniversary. His music perfectly articulates the turbulence of the period, whilst simultaneously demonstrating a remarkable technical balance of nostalgia and forward looking. The programme takes in the opportunity to explore his more cosmopolitan connections, notably with  Clemens non Papa.

There can be no finer venues to encounter this sublime repertoire than the stunning architecture of Suffolk’s mighty wool churches, themselves possessing many remarkable survivors of Reformation iconoclasm. We look forward to welcoming you.



Conductor  James Fellows

Organist  Daniel Mathieson


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