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Suspicion for 10 Voices

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 June 2013

Written by Mark Lawson.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, England was a protestant country standing alone against formidable European and papal enemies. Fear of a Roman Catholic fifth column was rife. But when William Byrd, Elizabeth's favourite composer, is arrested and charged with placing secret papist messages within the music of the Chapel Royal, the court is shocked and panic takes hold among the recusant community.

Byrd's dense polyphony is dissected and decoded and it seems sedition is undeniable. But the composer has a powerful protector - one whom not even Walsingham dare countermand.

Starring Simon Russell Beale as Byrd and Anton Lesser as Walsingham.

Musical Director: Neil Brand
Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

A Big Fish production for BBC Radio 4.


Mark Lawson
William Byrd
Simon Russell Beale
Juliana Byrd
Rebecca Saire
Sir Francis Walsingham
Anton Lesser
Thomas Philippes
Gerard Murphy
Thomas Tallis
Jon Glover
Fr. Rodrigues
Neil Brand
Richard the boy singer
Joseph Hancock
Eoin O'Callaghan


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