Journey of the Mayflower
Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church
Choir – Stile Antico
John Amner: A Stranger here
Thomas Tomkins: Woe is me
Orlando Gibbons: O Lord in thy wrath and O Clap your hands
Jan Sweelinck: Estans assis aux rives aquatiques (Psalm 137)
Orlando Gibbons: I see ambition never pleas’d
Thomas Weelkes: O how amiable are thy dwellings
Thomas Tomkins: O Praise the Lord
Giaches De Wert: Ascendente Jesu
William Byrd: Praise Our Lord
Orlando Gibbons: As on the night
Thomas Weelkes: O Lord, arise into thy resting place and Laboravi in
Thomas Tomkins: O sing unto the Lord
Thomas Campion: Never weather-beaten sail
Described by the New York Times as being “no finer singers of early music”, Stile Antico has gained an international reputation for its superb sound and masterful interpretations of repertoire that is rarely heard today.
2020 marks 400 years since William Bradford and his fellow pilgrims set out on their fateful journey across the Atlantic in the Mayflower, seeking freedom from persecution. England in 1620 was a country rife with religious and political division, standing on the brink of civil war. But the age also spawned some of the finest music ever composed in the land, with Gibbons, Tomkins and the aged Byrd overseeing the late flowering of the English musical Renaissance.
This programme explores the journey the pilgrims took – from Northern England to Leiden and Southampton, before setting sail for modern day Massachusetts – using music of the time, interspersed with first-hand accounts from the pilgrims themselves.
6.30pm Pre-Concert Talk by David Daniel : Roger Conant, the Devonian Pilgrim Fathers & The Budleigh Connection at the Temple Methodist Church. Exclusively for Festival Friends on production of a current Membership Card
See Stile Antico perform on YouTube