|SATURDAY, JULY 30 will be the last regularly scheduled 7:30 pm Latin Vigil Mass for which Cantores in Ecclesia will provide music at St. Stephen’s Church. We are very grateful to the parish and its parishioners for their generous welcome these past nine years. For information about upcoming services, or to find this year’s schedule for the William Byrd Festival, please visit our Web sites at www.cantoresinecclesia.org or www.byrdfestival.org. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL
WILLIAM BYRD FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY CANTORES IN ECCLESIA
5—20 August 2016
English organist and conductor Mark Williams will return to Portland this summer to direct the award-winning choir Cantores in Ecclesia in a sixteen-day festival featuring choral masterpieces by the great Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540--1623) and his contemporaries. This year, the Festival looks beyond Byrd to music by his 17th century English successors including Blow, Gibbons, Tomkins, Weelkes and Purcell. The complete festival schedule includes: Two concerts, one recital, six liturgical services, and three public lectures. The opening concert, The Minstrels Follow After, choral music by Byrd and his successors in the English choral tradition, will be presented on Friday, August 5, at 7:30 PM by the Byrd Festival Consort, with instrumental players, showcasing music by Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell and others under the direction of Mark Williams. The gala final concert, Sing Joyfully, will be held at 7:30 PM on Saturday, August 20, and will feature Cantores in Ecclesia under the direction of Mark Williams presenting music by Byrd, Dering, Gibbons, Tomkins and Weelkes. This year Dr. Dana Marsh from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, will join the festival. Among other things, he will give a lecture and lead the festival choir in Choral Evensong. Most of the festival events will take place at Holy Rosary Church in NE Portland, with additional events at St. Patrick Catholic Church and The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist. Please note there is a change in venues and times from last year. The full schedule is avaiable online at www.byrdfestival.org.
IN THIS YEAR’S OPENING CONCERT, we will explore the music of Baroque England with a small ensemble of string players and solo singers. Our program spans the whole 17th century, from Gibbons and Tomkins to the music of Henry Purcell, including his anthem Rejoice in the Lord alway (the “Bell Anthem”) and his beautiful instrumental Chacony. This concert takes our festival into a different world: an era of coffeehouses, newspaper, and the colorful diaries of Samuel Pepys. It is the first Byrd Festival event in seven years to feature stringed instruments.
MARK WILLIAMS has been Director of Music, College Lecturer and Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge since 2009. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge under Richard Marlow, and was for six years Assistant Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral School. He has appeared as organist, harpsichordist and conductor internationally and on disc with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cambridge Singers, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Consort, The Sixteen, Arcangelo, Retrospect Ensemble, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and Cantores in Ecclesia. As a conductor he has worked with the Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Saraband Consort and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the City of London Choir.
Mr. Williams has given solo recitals and led masterclasses in choral training, singing and organ performance in the UK, the USA, Asia and Africa. He appears on over 30 discs and a number of soundtracks, and his most recent recordings with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge have appeared in the top ten of the classical music sales charts. With the Choir of Jesus College, he has toured the world, specializing in projects in India and Sri Lanka, working with underprivileged children. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Mr. Williams is a Freeman of the City of London, and a trustee of the Oundle Music Trust, the Harlton Organ Trust, Cambridge Early Music, Songbound and the Muze Music Trust in Zambia. He is the Honorary President of the Chamber Choir of Erne Integrated College in Enniskillen.
Mr. Williams has visited Portland for the William Byrd Festival every year since 2000, succeeding the late Richard Marlow as Artistic Director in 2014. In January 2017, he will take up the post of Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. With a history of nearly six hundred years, the post of Informator Choristarum has been held by Sir John Stainer, Daniel Purcell and John Sheppard.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN “ADOPTING A SINGER” for this year's festival, please contact Dean Applegate as soon as possible. During the William Byrd Festival, our paid singers are compensated for quite a number of rehearsals and services — twelve, to be exact. The cost per singer is $420. Please contact us at 971.227.8740 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to adopt a singer or make some other contribution toward the expenses of the festival.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about this year's William Byrd Festival, please visit us at www.byrdfestival.org or contact Dean Applegate at 971.227.8740.