William Byrd Festival, Summer 2009

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The Twelfth Annual William Byrd Festival was celebrated in Portland, Oregon, August 7-23, with services, lectures, and concerts. The music was sung by Cantores in Ecclesia, Dean Applegate, director; the principal conductor of festival performances was Richard Marlow of Trinity College, Cambridge. The organist was Mark Williams, newly appointed choirmaster of Jesus College, Cambridge. The services included three pontifical Masses, one in the extraordinary form, two in the ordinary form, celebrated by Bishop Basil Meeking, Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand. William Byrd's Masses for three, four, and five voices were sung by Cantores in Ecclesia directed by Dr. Marlow with chant sung by the children's choir of Cantores in Ecclesia, directed by Dean Applegate; the solemn pontifical Mass in the extraordinary form was celebrated on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a plainsong ordinary and Byrd's propers from the Gradualia, directed by Kerry McCarthy of Duke University; an Anglican evensong included the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from Byrd's Second Service, psalms arranged after Byrd by Richard Marlow, and anthems by Byrd. Lectures included "Byrd and the Psalm Motets" by David Trendell, King's College, London; and "At the Extremes of the Liturgical Year: Byrd's Epiphany and Ascension," and pre-concert and pre-Mass lectures by William Mahrt, Stanford University. …