From Byrd to Britten

Byrd to Britten title

7.30pm Saturday 2 April | 3pm Sunday 3 April
Ainslie Arts Centre

The tumultuous religious history of England has posed a dangerous challenge for English composers over the centuries. Two of the signature pieces that Canberra Choral Society will perform in its next concert echo that challenge.

The beauty of Byrd’s beautiful Mass for Five Voices transcended the tumultuous times in which it was written.  It will be paired with Britten’s Missa Brevis, written over 350 years later.

Our first concert of the year will also feature secular music from Byrd’s contemporaries and successors among the greats of English Music- Orlando Gibbons and Henry Purcell- as well as the greats of the 19th and 20th centuries- Parry, Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Holst.

Artistic director Tobias Cole will bring his usual energy and stagecraft to this performance with the Arts Centre Hall configured to reflect the stalls of one of England’s great cathedrals and featuring ‘competing’ choirs singing the two masses from opposite ends of the hall.

“Music is your access to another place and time”, Cole says. “In this concert we’re planning to take our audience from Tudor England to 1950’s London.”

“Audiences will again have the opportunity to participate in the party with two fabulous hymns to sing.”

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