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The Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Sion Deserta Est - St John the Baptist, Norwich

SION DESERTA EST - MUSIC OF THE ENGLISH REFORMATIONS

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Sion Deserta Est - St John the Baptist, Norwich
Sion Deserta Est - St John the Baptist, Norwich

Time & Location

15 Aug 2023, 12:30

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Rd, Norwich NR2 2PA, UK

About the event

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.

Regina coeli Robert White

‘Gloria’ from Missa Salve Intermata Thomas Tallis

Ave Maria Robert Parsons

Trsitia et anxietas Clemens non Papa

Tristia et anxietas William Byrd

Ego flos campi Clemens non Papa

Ne irascaris, Domine-Civitas sancti tui William Byrd

Performers

LUCEAT CHOIR

Conductor  James Fellows

Organist  Daniel Mathieson

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