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William Byrd

The Great Service 


Saturday, October 6th 2012 at 6.00pm

The Priory Church of Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, YORKS


To mark the release of their Chandos recording of Byrd’s Great Service, Musica Contexta and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble present a programme of the composer’s finest settings of English words.



Tickets: £10

in advance (019 4360 7170)


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‘Musica Contexta’s project to free Byrd’s Great Service from the unaccompanied tradition into which it has fallen and to restore what might have been its original colours is a bold move, delivered with conviction and a reassuring sense of authority. The effect is of seeing the carvings of

the great cathedrals not as bare stone but as originally brightly painted.’ 

International Record Review, June 2012


Musica Contexta’s recent cd of William Byrd’s

‘Great Service’ is the first time that this masterpiece by Shakespeare’s famous musical

contemporary has been restored to its original

colours – not only through the use of period instruments accompanying the voices, but because the choir sing in Elizabethan pronunciation. For

this the singers have been helped by the advice of

Professor David Crystal of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Musica Contexta and the English Cornett and

Sackbut Ensemble have recently performed Byrd’s

music on BBC Radio 3. In August they presented

Byrd’s Great Service to great acclaim at the prestigious Academie Bach Festival in Normandy.


Their visit to Bolton Abbey promises to be a

spectacular event in the musical calendar.