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a unique opportunity to experience Byrd’s choral music in its original, private, surroundings.

Exclusive concert opportunity for choral music enthusiasts

“Songs for A Rebel Household”

Award winning choir Exmoor Singers of London are performing at a very special event on
Saturday 26 June 2010
from 2pm at
Ingatestone Hall, Essex CM4 9N

The surface of Protestant England under Elizabeth I concealed a vibrant and fertile Roman Catholic subculture, of which William Byrd and his patron Sir John (later ennobled by James I as the first Lord) Petre – pronounced ‘Peter’ – were leading lights.

Four centuries later, by special arrangement with the present Lord Petre, Exmoor Singers is able to offer you a unique opportunity to experience Byrd’s choral music in its original, private, surroundings.

The music to be sung includes the celebrated Mass for 4 voices, composed for the Petres’ private chapel; a number of his lesser-known secular songs including Byrd’s sublime lament Ye sacred Muses for his teacher (and fellow Catholic) Thomas Tallis; his Lamentations for Holy Week; and his motet Tu es Petrus, dedicated to his patron upon his elevation to the peerage: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.”

The afternoon will include:

Guided tour of Ingatestone Hall
Cream tea
Performance by Exmoor Singers of music by William Byrd

Tickets £25

Due to the exclusive nature of the concert, tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Songs for A Rebel Household includes a tour of the Hall and refreshments before the concert and during the interval.
The all-inclusive price is only £25. Email for reservations.

Programme of events:

2.00pm - tours of the Hall
3.00pm - refreshments
3.45pm - concert part 1
4.30pm - interval refreshments
5.00pm - concert part 2
5.45pm - further tours of the Hall

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For further information please contact:

Edward Sykes, Secretary, Exmoor Singers of London
0208 441 4208
07979 644 975

Mrs Gina Cordwell, Lord Petre’s Secretary
Ingatestone Hall
01277 353 010

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