‘Fower sovereygnes reygnes’ – the music of Thomas Tallis
Levens Choir: Director Ian Jones with The Marian Consort: Director Rory McCleery
Saturday 10th March St George’s Church Kendal 7:30 pm
Thomas Tallis, the ‘Father of English Church Music’, is perhaps known nowadays as much for his portrayal in “The Tudors” as for his music. In this concert, we chart a journey through the life and times of this towering figure of the English Renaissance through some of his most compelling compositions, including the majestic ‘Gaude Gloriosa’. The concert title comes from one verse of his epitaph.
“He served long tyme in chapel with grete prayse
Fower sovereygnes reygnes (a thing not often seen);
I mean Kyng Henry and Prynce Edward’s dayes,
Quene Mary and Elizabeth oure Quene. “
In a time of great political and religious upheaval and danger Tallis judiciously adapted his compositions to suit the changing tastes and beliefs of his monarchs. After a long career in the Chapel Royal he died peacefully in his bed, unlike many of his contemporaries.
Levens Choir was very fortunate to have a workshop session with Rory McCleery when The Marian Consort came to Kendal in 2016 to perform in the Midday Concert series. Rory was impressed enough with the choir’s achievements to propose a joint concert with The Marian Consort featuring the music of Thomas Tallis. In this concert The Marian Consort will perform some items on their own, as will Levens Choir and both groups will combine to sing “Gaude Gloriosa”.
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