Sunday 15 December 2019 7:30PM

Fretwork; Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano

An Elizabethan Christmas


Change of Artist:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) is no longer able to appear in the above performance. We are very grateful to Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) for stepping in as the replacement. The programme remains the same.


  • Fretwork
  • Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano

Since its foundation in 1985 the viol consort has helped disseminate and renew a tradition of music formerly little known beyond a small band of specialists, its extraordinary standard of playing wedded to an approach to repertory that has seen it seek out forgotten music as well as commissioning new works from contemporary composers. In Musick’s Monument, the ensemble surveys English consort music from Cornysh to Purcell across three seasons.

In this programme, the English consort repertoire is sampled in a varied selection of items that looks forward to Christmas and the New Year.

  • William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
        • In Nomine a5 No. 3
        • Out of the orient crystal skies
        • In Nomine a5 No. 4
        • From virgin's womb
        • In Nomine a5 No. 5
        • An earthly tree
  • Antony Holborne
        • The Cradle
        • Lullabie
  • William Byrd
        • Lullaby
  • Interval
  • Antony Holborne
        • As it Fell on a Holie Eve
  • Martin Peerson (c.1571-1651)
        • Upon my lap my soveraigne sits
  • Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
        • In Nomine a5 No. 1
  • Anon
        • Sweet was the song
  • Martin Peerson
        • Attendite
  • Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
        • To shorten winters sadnesse
  • Orlando Gibbons
        • Fantasy a4 for 'great dooble basse'
  • Antony Holborne
        • The New-Yeeres Gift
  • William Byrd
        • O God that guides the cheerful sun
  • Encore
  • Michael Praetorius (c.1571-1621)
        • Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

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