Chamber Choir

The Jacobean Muse

Works for voices and organ by Thomas Tomkins and Orlando Gibbons

Friday 14 March 2008, 19:30 - 21:30
St Andrew Holbornmap ]
5 St Andrew Street
London EC4A 3AF

Orlando Chamber Choir
James Weeks, director
David Gould, countertenor
Gavin Roberts, organ

Too often blurred with the bright colours of the Elizabethan era that preceded it, the Jacobean Age displayed a different, and no less striking, musical mien. Religious consolidation, the slow-dawning secularism of thought and society, and a pervasive strain of melancholy left its mark on music that is serious, complex and rich, delighting in subtle variety of mood and intricacy of workmanship. Our concert celebrates the two greatest musical lights of this fascinating time, Thomas Tomkins and Orlando Gibbons, through their madrigals, keyboard works and church music.


Thomas Tomkins (1572 - 1656)
Almighty God, the Fountain
O sing unto the Lord
When David heard
Above the stars
See, see the shepherd's queen
Too much I once lamented
Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers
Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)
O clap your hands together
This is the Record of John
O Lord in thy wrath
Behold, thou hast made my days
The silver swan