Chelys Consort of Viols and Helen Charlston

Chelys Consort and Helen Charlston

St Catharine's College Chapel (map)
Sat 10 Feb 2024 19:00

The Honour of William Byrd explores many sides of the man and his music, encompassing the honouring of his contemporaries, the honouring of his Catholic faith under a Protestant regime, honouring the Protestant Queen Elizabeth despite his Catholicism, and honouring his country.

If musical output gives us an indication of the person within, then who is this man who is both devoutly Catholic yet clearly a favourite of the Protestant Queen who made his faith illegal, a serious character capable of weighty contemplation but also sharp wit and humour, and the loyal friend who wrote so personally and touchingly of the loss of his teacher and friend Thomas Tallis? This programme explores the proud Englishman, devoted friend, loyal subject, and faithful servant who was William Byrd. 

Read our Q&A with Helen Charlston.


In Honour of Music and Poetry
Thou Poets Friend
In Honour of Lady Montague
In Nomine a4 No 1
With Lilies White
In Honour of England
Fantasia a4 No 1
This Sweet And Merry Month of May
Sellenger’s Round (arr. F.H. Mountney and Walter Bergmann)
Fair Britain Isle
In Honour of Dancing
Pavan and Galliard a5
In Honour of a Catholic Martyr
Why Doe I Use My Paper Inck and Pen
In Honour of The Voyage of Life
All As A Sea
Total: 41 mins approx.
In Honour of Sir Philip Sydney
Fantasia a5: Two Parts In One In The 4th Above    
Come to Mee Griefe For Ever                                 
In Honour of the Lord
Blessed Is He That Fears The Lord
In Nomine a5 No 2
Ah Silly Soul
In Honour of Friendship
Ye Sacred Muses
In Honour of Elizabeth I
Wretched Albinus
Rejoice Unto The Lord
Fantasia a5: Browning “The Leaves Be Greene”  
O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth  
Total second half: 38 mins approx.

This concert is generously supported by Roger Mayhew and Continuo Foundation.

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St Catharine's College Chapel (map)
Sat 10 Feb 2024 19:00

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