A moving tribute to Elizabeth II as part of Lessay Festival's 30th anniversary celebrations.

The ‘choral crown jewels’ that form A Tribute to the Life and Reign of Elizabeth II range from the 16th to the 21st century. The programme is built around selections from books of choral music assembled for both Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II: Cantiones Sacrae (1575); The Triumphs of Oriana (1601); A Garland for the Queen (1953), and Choirbook for the Queen (2012). The concert includes one of the first performances of a work originally commissioned by the Genesis Foundation O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth by Cecilia McDowall, one of the UK’s leading choral composers.

This performance is made possible by the generous support of Michael and Sally Payton


  • Morley

    Hard by a crystal fountain

  • Tallis

    O sacrum convivium

  • Byrd

    O lux beata Trinitas

  • James MacMillan

    Who shall separate us?

  • Byrd

    O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth

  • Stanford

    The Blue Bird

  • Britten

    Gloriana Dances for tenor, harp and choir

  • Purcell

    Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary

  • Vaughan Williams

    Silence and Music

  • Cecilia McDowall

    O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth

  • Bennett

    These Three

  • Tallis

    Miserere nostri

  • Byrd

    This sweet and merry month of May

  • Weelkes

    As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending


  • The Sixteen
  • Eamonn Dougan conductor

Venue details

L’Abbaye de Lessay

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