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VOCES8 performs William Byrd’s double motet ‘Ne Irascaris Domine’ and ‘Civitas Sancti Tui’ in the Gresham Centre in London.

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VOCES8 performs William Byrd’s double motet ‘Ne Irascaris Domine’ and ‘Civitas Sancti Tui’ in the Gresham Centre in London.

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Here is William Byrd’s ‘Lullaby, my sweet little baby’, performed by The Gesualdo Six as part of their Live from London concert in August 2020.

“William Byrd’s Lullaby ‘My sweet little baby’ was one of the composer’s most popular works during his lifetime, enjoying a wide circulation in various arrangements. Here we sing the opening section, a heart-rending verse in which the virgin Mary comforts her child in the wake of the slaughter of the innocents. The melody in the highest voice is echoed throughout by the second part, creating an almost sobbing effect.” – from notes by Owain Park © 2020.

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Filmed at Crichton Castle, with thanks to Historic Environment Scotland Film by Will Campbell-Gibson

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