|A Benefit for Ukraine|
Proceeds go to Kyiv School of Economics
and the International Rescue Committee
May 17, 2022 — Tickets
Make Me To Know Thy Ways:
Saturday, November 4 • 7:30 pm
William Byrd (c. 1540–1623) navigated the tricky and precarious divide between his devout Catholic faith and the Anglican reform embraced by the court of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. As a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Byrd produced prodigiously in English for the Anglican rite and privately, in Latin, for the traditional Catholic rite. All the while he produced Songs of Sundrie Natures, a large body of partsongs in English about love and courtship, village and country life, and religious devotion. His three Latin Mass settings were meant to be sung at clandestine Mass celebrations in recusant households. These services were illegal and might well have resulted in the arrest of anyone participating in them. Byrd was lucky, though. A favourite of the music-loving Elizabeth I, he escaped severe punishment, receiving instead an indictment for failing to attend Protestant church services, a crime under the Act of Uniformity.