Festival 2018

Byrd at the Tower

Saturday 1 December, 6–7pm & 8–9pm (2018)

Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, HM Tower of London

PRICE: £10–£35

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The Odyssean Ensemble presents sacred motets by William Byrd, one of the finest English composers of the Renaissance period, in the stunning Chapel of one of London’s most historic landmarks, the Tower of London. The programme reflects Byrd’s struggle as a Catholic during the religious storms of the Reformation when many persecuted Catholics were imprisoned at the Tower of London. Byrd expresses his torment through works full of anguish and grief, including Tristitia et Anxietas and Deus venerunt gentes.

Odyssean Ensemble
Director Colm Carey

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Venue information

Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, HM 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.

In its impressive and foreboding concentric structure the Tower of London symbolised everything that medieval England stood for: power, grandeur and strength. Originally, the home of royalty, the Tower was a place of safety and security not only for royals but for the Royal Mint, Crown Jewels and armoury. Most famously a prison until 1952, the Tower held captive a number of important historical figures including Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Guy Fawkes. The Chapel Royal of St Peter Ad Vincula was the burial place of many of these prisoners. Now a World Heritage Site, the Tower hosts over two million visitors a year.