The Tudors
Sacred motets of Tallis, Sheppard, Byrd & others

Henry VIII

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Live!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at VTS

Motets of John Taverner, Thomas Tallis
John Sheppard, Christopher Tye, and William Byrd.


In a new series of programs devoted to vocal polyphony, the Washington Bach Consort will transport you to 16th-century England. Revel in a bespoke selection of sacred motets written by the finest composers to serve at the pleasure of four Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. This music is truly of another world, and as a Venetian ambassador of the period was known to have said of the English Chapel Royal choristers performing this music, it sounded “more divine than human.”

Amy Broadbent, soprano
Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano
Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto
Reginald Mobley, alto
Patrick Kilbride, tenor
Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor
Joshua Brown, bass
Mark Duer, bass

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Tamera Luzzatto & David Leiter, Friday underwriters
Al Regnery, Saturday underwriter


Subscriptions to the 2019–2020 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2019–20 season, opening Sunday, September 22, features four subscription concerts at National Presbyterian Church and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at Virginia Theological seminary.

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