Spitalfields Music Festival 2023

Byrd at the Tower: Three Masses

ft. Odyssean Ensemble

Wednesday 12th July, 7:00pm (2023)

Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London

Music from the storms of the Reformation

PRICE: £32 / £15 - SOLD OUT

The Odyssean Ensemble presents the three masses written by the great English composer William Byrd for private and sometimes secret domestic performances during the Renaissance period.

Almost exactly 400 years after Byrd’s death, the stunning Chapel of London’s most historic landmark provides the setting for a performance which highlights the composer’s struggle as a Catholic during the religious storms of the Reformation, when many persecuted Catholics were imprisoned at the Tower of London.

The music will be juxtaposed with prose and poetry highlighting more recent examples of persecution of and by religious groups, such as women in Afghanistan.


William Byrd Masses for Three, Four and Five Voices

Odyssean Ensemble 
Dr Colm Carey Director
Emma Fielding narrator

Duration: 75 minutes


This performance is generously supported by Richard Syred and Brian Parsons.

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Venue information

Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London

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.

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