A Weekend of Glorious Music in Northleach
Saturday 2nd June
Musical Programme
Saturday 2nd June 2018

Stile Antico:  Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby, Rebecca Hickey, Emma Ashby, Eleanor Harries, Katie Schofield, Andrew Griffiths, Benedict Hymas, Tom Kelly, Will Daws, Tom Flint, Matthew O’Donovan – early music vocal ensemble

About the Programme

Queen of Muses

The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The ‘Virgin Queen’, herself a talented musician, presided over a court which revelled in the skill of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland.


This programme explores the way music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and even by suitors, seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England.

Concert Programme

William Byrd This sweet and merry month of May a 6 

An Accession Day gift – Cantiones Sacrae of 1575

Thomas Tallis  Absterge Domine 

William Byrd  Attolite portas 

Partbooks for the Queen – a gift from Erik XIV of Sweden 

Orlande de Lassus  Madonna mia, pieta chiam et vita 

Adrian Willaert  Vecchie letrose 

Pierre Sandrin  Doulce memoire 

William Byrd – Gentleman of the Chapel and recusant Catholic 

William Byrd  O Lord make thy servant 

William Byrd  Ne irascaris


— I N T E R V A L —


John Taverner Christe Jesu pastor bone 

A lover’s sighs – suitors songs 

John Dowland  Now O now I needs must part 

John Dowland  Can she excuse my wrongs 

Alfonso Ferrabosco I – musician, courtier and spy? 

Alfonso Ferrabosco I  Ad Dominum cum tribularer 

Alfonso Ferrabosco I  O remember not our old sins 

Alfonso Ferrabosco I  Exaudi Domine orationem meam 

The Triumphs of Oriana  

John Wilbye  The Lady Oriana 

John Farmer  Fair nymphs, I heard one telling 

Thomas Weelkes  As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending

Revised Friday 4th May 2018

Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance. The ensemble has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi label. For a wealth of information, visit www.stileantico.co.uk

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