A Pilgrim’s Solace: London

21 February 2020 7.30pm Wigmore Hall Tickets: £18 - 60

As Catholics, both Byrd and Dowland lived much of their later lives under threat of arrest. A Pilgrim’s Solace draws from the last publications of their lives, curiously juxtaposing the spiritual and profane, 12 singers explore the songs of yearning, unrequited love and sacred devotion written by two men forced to conceal their faith.


Selected singers from The Sixteen
Harry Christophers
David Miller lute

Programme to include:

Byrd Retire my soul
Dowland Disdain me still
Byrd Come woeful Orpheus
Dowland Welcome black night / Cease these false sports
Byrd Come let us rejoice unto our God
Byrd How vain the toils (lute solo)
Byrd Arise Lord into thy rest
Dowland Thou mighty God
Byrd Make ye joy to God
Byrd This day Christ was born
Byrd Sing we merrily / Blow up the trumpet
Dowland In darkness let me dwell
Byrd Come jolly swains
Dowland Up merry mates
Byrd Crowned with flowers
Dowland Sweet stay awhile
Byrd This sweet and merry month of May
Dowland Preludium and The Frog Galliard
Byrd Praise our Lord
Dowland Shall I strive with words to move?
Byrd Turn our captivity, O Lord

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