Hesperos returns for our second concert of the year - a not insignificant year for choral singers, as we celebrate the anniversaries of William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes. Byrd wasn't above punning on his own name, so (without groaning) join us for a melodious and wood-haunting concert of music by Byrd, from his penitential music of exile and imprisonment, to his joyful psalm settings, paired with music inspired by, and sometimes imitating, the singing of birds.


William Byrd - Mass for Five Voices

Thomas Weelkes - When David heard

Byrd - Emendemus in melius

Byrd - Ne irascaris / Civitas Sanctis

Byrd - Vigilate

Byrd - The Eagle's Force

Maurice Ravel - Trois beaux oiseaux

Caroline Shaw - And the swallow

Roxanna Panufnik - Kyrie after Byrd

Thomas Vautor - Sweet Suffolk Owl

Clement Janequin - Chant des oiseaux