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England's Phoenix: William Byrd

Presented by Quire Cleveland at St. Bernard Church, Akron OH

May 21 2016
England's Phoenix: William Byrd

Quire Cleveland sings divine choral music by England’s greatest Renaissance composer, William Byrd.

William Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.

Byrd (ca.1540–1623) was a Catholic composer at a time when it was illegal in England. Yet he composed with apparent impunity, because of the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I. Quire Cleveland made its début in 2008 with Byrd’s Mass for 4 Voices. His music has proved a favorite of our singers and audiences ever since!

This program features some of the best of the best, including two motets that survive in a set of manuscript partbooks in Case Western Reserve University’s Special Collections Library, and an exquisite anthem that only came to light in 1982.

Enriching your exploration of William Byrd’s choral music will be an introduction by the composer’s prize-winning biographer, Dr. Kerry McCarthy.

This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious

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Premium seats $30; General admission $20; Seniors (65+) $18; Students (full-time) $5; Under 18 free.

Contact: 216-223-8854


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  • Gallery 1 - England's Phoenix: William Byrd
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  • Quire Cleveland at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland


  • "Venite exultemus Domine" by William Byrd. This is a setting of Psalm 94 in the Latin bible (Ps. 95 in the English bible), and it was the very last work in Byrd's Gradualia (1607) and therefore the last work in Latin printed by the composer. Performed as part of Carols for Quire 4, at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, December 21-23, 2012.


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44 University Avenue, Akron, OH 44308

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