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A Recital


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ENGLAND has as rich a repeitory of unaccompanied vocal music as any of the European musical countries. Indeed, in that period called Elizabethan, nowhere did the composition of the madrigal reach a higher standard of quality or more definitely take on a national chaiacter than in England, and the contributions of Byrd, Weelkes, Gibbons, Morley and others form a noble heritage. For this was the music of the times when singing was an accomplishment universal among the educated, and when no country house was complete without its complement of madrigal singers. Times changed, and the pleasant custom of singing madrigals at home was lost, and, of course, the desire to write them. Today, however, our modem English composers are reviving the habit of composing for unaccompanied voices, in an idiom that has its roots in Tudor times; and though the custom of singing at home in a ' domestic consort ' shows no signs of coming back, there is a growing number of amateur societies and groups such as the Tudor Singers to keep the repertory alive.
The Tudor Singers is a body of twelve voices founded by Cuthbert Bates in 1923. They sing only unaccompanied music, not on]y English music of the Tudor period, but music of all periods and of all nationalities.


Conductor: Cuthbert Bates
Unknown: Cuthbert Bates

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