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Cultivated by many and admired by all–William Byrd, Father of British Music

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A Lecture by Professor Stephen Darlington

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William Byrd was a devout Roman Catholic, living through a series of English Reformations which had a profound effect on all composers of liturgical music. This talk explores the context within which Byrd composed, the music itself and the legacy which has led some to call him the Father of British Music

Stephen Darlington is one of the United Kingdom’s leading choral conductors. From 1985 to 2018 he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Oxford. He established Christ Church as an acknowledged centre of academic musical excellence, and maintained the highest choral traditions of the Church of England in the Cathedral. His outstanding strength is in his performances of choral music of the sixteenth century and of modern sacred music. An extensive discography, comprising over fifty CDs, includes several award-winning recordings. From 1998 to 2000 Stephen was President of the Royal College of Organists, and is an Honorary Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, and Emeritus Professor of Music at Oxford.

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