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Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors

Episode 3 of 4

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He looks at the works of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, part of the Renaissance in Tudor England.

Four-part documentary series in which Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. Beale takes us back to Tudor England, a country in turmoil as monarchs change the national religion and Roman Catholicism is driven underground. In telling the story of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, two composers at the centre of England's own musical Renaissance, Beale visits parish churches, great cathedrals and a private home where Catholic music would have been performed in secret.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Russell Beale