The Cardinall's Musick: Performance Diary

View the list below or see the performance calendar on the right.

Concert: Sherborne Abbey Festival (Tuesday 6 May 2014, 7.30 pm)

Byrd: The Englishman

The Great Service of William Byrd is one of the most sumptuous, intellectually stimulating and captivating set of pieces written in the sixteenth century. Unknown until its re-discovery in the 1920s, the seven movements each scored for ten voices sets the texts used during the course of a day for Elizabeth I’s Anglican Church. Byrd is at his most commanding in these pieces. His word setting is full of imagination and he exploits the ten voices in various combinations to create dramatic effects which sometimes are subtle and sometimes simply great fun, with the singers throwing portions of a melody around from one voice to another like a Renaissance tennis match!  This programme also features English anthems providing subtle contrast, scored for more modest forces and including O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth, a most beautiful tribute to the Queen and perhaps a rather surprising one from a dedicated Catholic.

Booking opens Monday 17th February 2014

Tickets by post from Sherborne Abbey Festival, PO Box 6317, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 9AP or online at


Date: Tuesday 6 May 2014, 7.30 pm    Venue: Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset  »

Concert: York Early Music Festival (Thursday 17 July 2014, 7.30 pm)

Spain: Defender of the Faith

At its height Spain was the most powerful, the most influential and the richest country in 16th century Europe. With rich territories in the New World and a powerful set of alliances in Europe the Spanish were the primary defenders of the Catholic faith in the post-Reformation world.  The music produced by Spanish composers in the second half of the sixteenth century is some of the finest ever to have been penned. Their music is more expressive, more colourful and more intense than the sunnier writing of many Italian contemporaries. At the head of this group sits the great Tomas Luis de Victoria whose magnificent eight-voice Missa Alma redemptoris mater is a sumptuous composition based on his own setting of the same text. The remainder of this programme is given over to music in honour of the Virgin Mary with further motets by Victoria and a thrilling Magnificat on the eighth tone by Sebastian de Vivanco alongside some rare contributions from the unfairly neglected Juan Esquivel and Alonso Lobo.

Booking opens March 10 2014.

Tel 01904 658338

Date: Thursday 17 July 2014, 7.30 pm    Venue: York

Concert: Wigmore Hall – Cardinall’s Musick’s 25th birthday (Saturday 26 July 2014, 7.30 pm)

The Cardinall’s Musick celebrates its 25th birthday with a specially-devised programme on July 26th 2014 tracing the history of the group from its formation in Oxford in 1989 and brings things right up-to-date with a birthday commission from Nico Muhly.

Booking now open:

Tel 020 7935 2141

36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP


Date: Saturday 26 July 2014, 7.30 pm    Venue: Wigmore Hall, London »