Festive 16th Century Music Weekend

Festive 16th Century Music Weekend

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 December
Music performances between 11:00 and 15:00 in 15-minute sets

Come and hear great Tudor music for the festive season in Henry VIII’s Apartments, sung by specialist singers and played on period instruments.

The Great Hall will resound with 16th century carols and festive music heard at the courts of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Both Byrd and Tallis worked here as composers so their works feature strongly, next to tunes that are still part of our own Christmas tradition. Exquisite singing will alternate with the warm royal sound of Tudor cornetts and sackbuts, lutes and drums.

Aurum Vocale and the period musicians of The King’s Musick are steeped in 16th century repertoire, so they will unwrap some surprising stories about New Year’s Gifts, old Christmas traditions and lingering superstitions at the Tudor court.

Performances between 11:00 and 15:00. Music sets are approximately 15 minutes long.

The daily History Where it Happened programme will take place at 11:00, 12:30, 14:30.

Included in palace admission.

Music Schedule

Time  Location What's happening?
10:30  Great Hall  Christmas traditions at the Elizabethan Court
16th century cornetts and sackbuts
11:30 Great Hall 

Holy days and winter celebrations
16th century cornetts & sackbuts

12:00 Great Hall   William Byrd and the Chapel Royal
The singers of Aurum Vocale
13:00  Great Hall   Rejoice – Gaudete!
The singers of Aurum Vocale
13:30  Great Hall Christmas traditions at the Elizabethan Court
16th century cornetts & sackbuts
14:00 Great Hall William Byrd and the Chapel Royal
The singers of Aurum Vocale
14:30  Great Hall  Holy days and winter celebrations
16th century cornetts & sackbuts
15:00 Great Hall   William Byrd and the Chapel Royal
The singers of Aurum Vocale

 

 

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