Secret Byrd

York Early Music Christmas Festival: Event 2

Saturday 2 December 6.00pm
Venue: NCEM

Seats around the perimeter of the performance space and Church columns. Please be aware that these seats necessarily offer some restricted views, however you are welcome to move around the space.

Standing ticket: £30.00
Secret Byrd is performed by candlelight with the musicians moving between various positions so you will get the best experience by quietly walking around the space.

Duration: approximately 80 minutes without an interval

There will be one moment of complete blackout during the performance.

The Gesualdo Six directed by Owain Park with
Fretwork Viol Consort created and directed by Bill Barclay

An immersive concert for the 400th anniversary of William Byrd
Byrd’s Mass for 5 voices is theatrically interspersed with his virtuosic music
for strings.

A small number of audience members sit and stand amongst costumed musicians who gather by candlelight to worship in secret as Byrd’s incredible setting of the Ordinary is mixed with his most probing instrumental works, played where the five Proper sections of the mass would take place.

The event is secular yet staged to invite the audience into the deeply personal use that Byrd intended – a private mass for secret worship.

Please note there is a £1.50 administration fee per transaction.

Event Date: 02/12/2023 6:00pm

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