Saturday May 8th, 2021
Evening concert

Saturday 8pm: Nova Early Music Ensemble with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts

Henry VIII′s spectacular meeting with King Francois I in the early summer of 1520 involved an army of musicians on both sides. The English musicians were led by William Cornysh, the French by Jean Mouton.

Nova, Bristol′s specialist early music vocal ensemble, directed by Bruce Saunders, is joined by the internationally renowned His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in a programme of ceremonial and sacred music, songs and dances, by those who were there and by other leading French and English court composers of the time.

The programme will include music by Fayrfax, Cornysh, Aston, Mouton, de Févin and others.

image of tapestry
Tapestry of c.1520 showing Francois I at a wrestling match at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, with other onlookers and trumpeters. The details are worth looking at.

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