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These Distracted Times
These Distracted Times
  • Gallicantus & Rose Consort of Viols
  • EVENT 4


    7.30pm – c.9.30pm
    Venue St Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate

    Tickets Reserved seating central nave & balcony: £30.00
    Unreserved seating side aisles: £23.00 (concessions £21.00 | under 35s £5.00)

    directed by Gabriel Crouch
    Clare Wilkinson mezzo soprano David Allsopp countertenor
    Tom Robson, Nicholas Todd tenors Gabriel Crouch baritone William Gaunt bass with
    Ibrahim Aziz, John Bryan, Alison Crum, Alison Kinder, Roy Marks viols David Pipe organ


    England’s descent into Civil War under the reign of King Charles I took its toll on what had been one of the flourishing centres of European music – and under the austere Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell following the King’s execution, musical life died out almost completely. For two of the most important composers of the period, there was a heavy price to pay for loyalty to the King: Thomas Tomkins saw his own home destroyed by cannon fire; and for the King’s favourite composer, William Lawes, a position in the King’s garrison cost him his life courtesy of a Parliamentary musket-ball. Here we explore music for voices and viols by composers whose careers spanned these years, alongside the UK premiere of a specially commissioned piece by Judith Bingham, a Requiem for William Lawes. The title These distracted times – a commonly–heard expression of the day – is taken from a work penned by Tomkins after the execution of Charles I – A Sad Pavan for these Distracted Times.

    See also event 2

    ‘Everything Gallicantus touches seems to turn to gold’ Early Music Today

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