Published: September 4th, 2017 3:49pm

More Singers Choral Concert

The Golden Age of English Church Music

Tallis, Byrd and their contemporaries

Friday 3rd November, 2017, at 7.30pm

United Reformed Church, Church Stretton

The More Singers is a chamber choir, founded in 1973 and based in Church Stretton. Directed by Alistair Auld.

This concert encompasses motets and anthems by Thomas Tallis, (c.1505–1585), William Byrd (c.1540–1623), and other composers of the period, including John Taverner, Orlando Gibbons, and Thomas Weelkes. They composed during the Tudor Period, sometimes referred to as “The Golden Age of English Church Music", which spans the dates from around 1500 to the end of the reign of King James VI and I in 1625. This period in English history was especially marked by the religious upheaval of the English Reformation.

Despite this unrest, or perhaps because of it, composers rose to the challenge, producing musical settings which reflect the competing language demands of the Church of England liturgy. Texts were in both Latin (Byrd Ave Verum, Tallis O Nata Lux) and English (Tallis O Lord give thy Holy Spirit , Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God), and display a mastery of word setting and sublime musical sensitivity and expression. A variety of musical styles is represented in the concert, from simple four-part harmony to more elaborate polyphonic motets including both a cappella pieces and anthems requiring instrumental accompaniment.

Chairman of the choir, Moira Simpson, says:

‘’We look forward to welcoming you to this concert which promises to be a very enjoyable evening of music, performed by Church Stretton’s own local choir’’