Thursday, May 5, 2011

From Byrd to Britten: Heroic Church Music from Britain

On Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir of Men and Boys and Choir of Men and Girls will present their annual spring concert.

This program of choral and organ music will be entirely drawn from the Anglican heritage, covering more than 400 years, which plays such a prominent role in the modern worship life of Episcopal churches such as Trinity on the Green.

The Trinity choirs will sing uncommon gems as well as favorites such as Benjamin Britten's masterful "Rejoice in the Lamb," Edward Bairstow's dramatic "Blessed City, Heavenly Salem," anthems by the Elizabethan master William Byrd and, appropriately--with the British royal wedding having taken place less than two weeks prior--C. Hubert H. Parry's majestic coronation anthem "I was glad." That anthem, which will be sung by the combined choirs to open the concert, was selected to serve as the bride's processional on that memorable day.

The concert will conclude with another extended Parry anthem, "Hear my words, ye people."
Suggested donation at the door for this concert: $10 per person.

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