Events are listed in local time relative to their location.
The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The ‘Virgin Queen’, herself a talented musician, presided over a court which revelled in the skill of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This programme explores the way music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and even by suitors, seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England.
Byrd: O lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Byrd: Attolite portas
Thomas Tallis: Absterge Domine
Orlande de Lassus: Madonna mia pieta
Adrian Willaert: Vecchie letrose
Sandrin: Doulce memoire
Ferrabosco: Exaudi Domine orationem meam
Alfonso Ferrabosco: Ad Dominum cum tribularer
John Dowland: Now ,O Now, I needs must part
Dowland: Can she excuse my wrongs
John Wilbye: The Lady Oriana
Thomas Weelkes: As Vesta was