The Sixteen is joined by celebrated viol consort, Fretwork, for a performance of William Byrd's 1611 Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets.

The Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets of 1611 was William Byrd’s final publication. And what a superbly fitting culmination to a lifetime of musical service it is! As well as being packed with variety and invention – including both sacred and secular music and using a range of forces from small trios to consorts to full choir – it is probably the happiest, most serene collection of music Byrd ever produced.


  • Byrd

    Retire my soul
    The eagle’s force
    This sweet and merry month of May a4
    Let not the sluggish sleep
    Ah silly soul
    Wedded to will is witless
    A feigned friend
    Fantasia a6
    Crowned with flowers and lilies
    Fantasia a6
    O God that guides the cheerful sun
    Awake mine eyes
    Come jolly swains
    Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
    How vain the toils
    Come woeful Orpheus
    Fantasia a4
    Arise Lord into thy rest
    Pavan and Galliard
    In winter cold/Whereat an ant
    Make ye joy to God
    What is life
    Turn our captivity, O Lord
    Have mercy upon me O God



  • The Sixteen
  • Harry Christophers conductor
  • Fretwork
  • Noel Byrne actor

Alexandra Kidgell


Alexandra Kidgell


Venue details

Wigmore Hall

Box Office: 020 7935 2141

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