‘Byrd’s World’. St George’s, Hanover Square. 1 August 2023

Mayfair Organ Concerts
St George’s, Hanover Square
Tuesday 1 August 2023, 1.10pm

Byrd’s World
Andrew Benson-Wilson

As part of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd (“Father of British Music”), Andrew Benson-Wilson is giving two commemoration organ recitals. The first is in The Chapel of Christ of Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift in Dulwich Village on 9 July at 7.45 on the 2009 William Drake restoration of the 1750 George England organ. Details here.

This second concert will be in St George’s Hanover Square on 1 August at 1pm. With the title of Byrd’s World, it will contrast Byrd’s music with that of his English and continental contemporaries. These will include Antonio de Cabezón, court organist to the Hapsburg Philip of Spain, who the young Byrd may have heard playing in 1554 at the wedding of Philip with Queen Mary.

Admission free: retiring collection.
Organ details here.
The list of pieces and a link to the programme notes will be added nearer the time.