Summer Festival 2016

Byrd at the Tower of London

Thursday 2 June, 7.30pm (2016)

Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula

PRICE: Tickets: £30, £22

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The Odyssean Ensemble
Christian Wilson — organ
Colm Carey — director
Introduction by Andrew Johnstone

The Chapel Royal in the Tower of London provides an intimate backdrop for Byrd’s rarely-performed Great Service, an opulent tapestry intricately woven by ten voices, interspersed with delicate songs and keyboard music.

Political and religious turmoil was rife during the first half of the 16th century, but the coronation of Elizabeth I as Queen in 1559 heralded a new era of stability and prosperity. Elizabeth was a supporter of music throughout her reign and showed particular fondness for the work of composer William Byrd.

Approximate end time: 8.45pm (no interval)

Full programme

Venite from The Great Service
Lord, in thy rage
Te Deum from The Great Service
Ye sacred muses
Benedictus from The Great Service
Fantasia in A minor
Magnificat from The Great Service
From Virgin’s womb: Rejoice, rejoice
Nunc Dimittis from The Great Service

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Venue information

Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula

Tower of London
United Kingdom

Underground and National Rail

Tower Hill (5 mins)
Tower Gateway (9 mins)
Fenchurch Street (6 mins)
London Bridge (17 mins)
Walking times are given in brackets.


All of our venues are easy to reach by bus. To plan your quickest route use TFL’s journey planner.

Entrance to the Tower of London is via the West Gate (the main entrance).

Please note that the journey to the chapel requires walking from the Tower Gates, and there are approximately 5 steps down to the entrance.