After a pause of two years, the William Byrd Festival returns in 2022 with a celebration of the music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. The events of this year’s festival will focus on the work of Tallis, Byrd’s teacher and mentor, alongside music by Byrd himself, and will include services, concerts and lectures. Mark Williams, Informator Choristarum & Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, UK, returns to share the direction of Cantores in Ecclesia with the Choir’s resident director, Blake Applegate. Lectures will be given by Dr William Mahrt of Stanford University, Dr Ross Duffin of Case Western University, and Portland’s own Dr Kerry McCarthy, whose book ‘Tallis’ was published by Oxford University Press recently. The Festival will open with a concert of choral music including Tallis’s famous Lamentations in the Church of St Philip Neri, on August 5, and will culminate in a concert, also at St Philip Neri, on August 21 featuring works by both Tallis and Byrd, including Tallis’s magnificent Mass ‘Puer natus est nobis’ and Byrd’s moving ‘Ne irascaris, Domine’. Masses and lectures will be held at Holy Rosary Church, and there will be an organ recital and Evensong at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on August 14th.

The full schedule and further details may be found at

Tickets for the opening concert and the final concert are available online at, by phone at 1.800.838.3006, or at the door. All other events are free admission with a freewill offering


MARK WILLIAMS has been Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford since January 2017. Magdalen College is the only institution to retain the ancient title of Informator Choristarum for its Director of Music, and holders of the post since the College’s foundation in 1458 include the composers John Sheppard, Daniel Purcell and Bernard Rose, and organists Sir John Stainer and Sir William McKie. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was for six years Assistant Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral School. Between 2009 and 2016, he held the post of Director of Music, College Lecturer and Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. 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 English Chamber 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, and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. As a conductor he has worked with the Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Saraband Consort and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the City of London Choir.

Mark Williams has given solo recitals, judged competitions and led masterclasses in choral training, singing and organ performance in the UK, the USA, Asia and Africa. He appears on over 40 discs and a number of soundtracks. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he is a Freeman of the City of London, and a trustee of a number of charities focused on music education around the world. He has appeared as a broadcaster on the BBC and visiting speaker and lecturer in the UK and Europe. He has worked with pop groups, crossover artists and appeared as conductor and organist on major Hollywood film scores, and he has acted as musical consultant for various television programmes, including the ITV crime drama, Endeavour. He has been visiting Portland for the William Byrd Festival since 2000.

Upcoming William Byrd Festival Schedule

Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 3:30 PM
Pre-Concert Lecture given by Dr. William Mahrt, Stanford University

St. Philp Neri Church

Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 4 PM

FINAL CONCERT: 'Tallis & Byrd – A Celebration of England’s Two Finest Renaissance Composers'

Given by Cantores in Ecclesia, conducted by Mark Williams, Magdalen College, Oxford

St. Philp Neri Church