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Saturday, 22 July, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Veranos de la Villa

In a Strange Land

Queen Elizabeth I may not have wanted “to make windows into men’s souls”, but faced with threats at home and abroad, her regime dealt increasingly harshly with supporters of the old Catholic religion. Torn between obedience and conscience, several of England’s most talented musicians – Philips, Dering and Dowland – chose a life of exile abroad. Those Catholic composers who remained in England – chief amongst them William Byrd and Robert White – expressed their spiritual exile in music of astonishing intensity and emotional impact.

John Dowland: Flow my tears
Philip de MonteSuper flumina Babylonis
William Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus
John Dering: Sancta et immaculata virginitas
Thomas Tallis: In ieiunio et fletu
Peter Philips: Regina caeli laetare
Byrd: Tristitia et anxietas

ByrdHaec Dies
PhilipsGaude Maria / Virgo prudentissima
DowlandIn this trembling shadow cast
Dering: Factum est silentium
Robert White: Lamentations a 5

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