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Luther 500

Following their appearance in BBC 4’s ‘Lucy Worsley: Elizabeth I’s Battle for God’s Music’, a television documentary focussing on the creation of Choral Evensong in the wake of the 16th century Reformation, the Children and Gentlemen of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace Choir, are delighted to perform a special concert to mark the 'Luther 500' anniversary. This concert, featuring sacred music illustrating the impact of the European Reformation on English church music, intends to celebrate Martin Luther’s integral role in developing the religion and music-making that is central to our Chapel worship today.

The Choir was established at Hampton Court Palace as a permanent musical body in 1868, continuing the time-honoured tradition of worship and finest music making in the Chapel Royal. With the Chapel boasting former members such as prominent Renaissance musicians Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, our ‘cradle of English church music’ is proud to present such a feast of music by these composers. Music to be performed from this era will include Tallis’ Hear the voice and prayer, extracts from his Missa Puer natus est nobis, and Byrd’s O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth, alongside the 21st century work Hier stehe ich, by David Lewiston-Sharpe, a work newly commisioned by the Chapels Royal to celebrate Luther’s work.

Choir of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace
Carl Jackson, Director of Music
Rufus Frowde, Organ

The event is created in collaboration with the Choir of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace and the Choral Foundation

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