Blue Heron: Music for Canterbury Cathedral

Blue Heron

In 1541, following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, Canterbury Cathedral was re-founded as a secular cathedral. The works in the program are drawn from a set of partbooks commissioned by Canterbury from the singer and scribe Thomas Bull, then at Magdalen College, Oxford, in order to supply the cathedral's new choir of professional singers (including the youthful Thomas Tallis) with a complete repertoire of Masses, Magnificats, and votive antiphons. The centerpiece of the program is the Missa Spes nostra by Robert Jones (fl. 1520–35), a wonderful and wholly obscure composer whose only two surviving works appear in Bull's partbooks.

This program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral (February 25–May 18, 2014)

Listen to a sample of Blue Heron

Image above: Blue Heron © Liz Linder.

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