The Arundel Choirbook, created in 1525, is one of very few part-books to have survived the Reformation and it reveals a wealth of extraordinary music. In a rare performance of pieces from the Arundel Choirbook this concert will give voice to the manuscript that is one of the jewels of the collection of Lambeth Palace Library. Pieces by Ludford and Fayrfax will be complemented by works of Sheppard, a younger contemporary of Fayrfax.
This will be the first public performance in the Great Hall of Lambeth Palace Library in over two decades, and will offer audiences a rare opportunity to gain access to this magnificent and recently restored space.
The Arundel Choirbook will be on display and the pieces being performed will be introduced by David Skinner, an expert in Tudor polyphony. The concert, organised by the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, will be followed by a reception hosted by the Marquess of Salisbury.
Harry Christophers conductor
Introduced by David Skinner
Sheppard Libera nos I and II
Ludford ‘Sanctus’ and ‘Agnus Dei’ from Missa Benedicta
Sheppard In manus tuas III
Fayrfax ‘Gloria’ from Missa Tecum principium
Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria