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King's College, Cambridge Stained Glass

Lucie Skeaping visits King's College, Cambridge's chapel to see the stained glass and the stories it contains, viewed through the music of its time.

As part of "Art and Early Music" month, Lucie Skeaping visits the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge and talks to the writer and art historian Carola Hicks about the magnificent stained glass. They explore some of the background to stained glass, how it came to England from Flanders, why the Chapel and the glass took so long to complete, and how the glass symbolises the power of the Tudors and their era of great change and turbulence; ideas that are reflected in the music in the programme, including recordings of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge in repertoire by Tallis, and also sacred and secular music from the 15th and early 16th centuries. Dr. Carola Hicks is the author of the book The King's Glass.


LEONIN Benedicamus Domino
Red Byrd
Hyperion CDA 67289 track 9

ALAMIRE T’Andernacken
His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts
Hyperion CDA 66894 track 5

WILLIAM CORNYSH Hoyda, jolly Rutterkin
Pro Cantione Antiqua & Early Music Consort of London
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77178 CD 1 track 6

PHILIPPE VAN WILDER Fantasia à 4 (viols)
Musica Antiqua of London
Amon Ra CDSAR 51 track 13

ANONYMOUS This day daws (from Fayrfax MS)
The Hilliard Ensemble
Saga Classics EC 3357-2 track 2

ANONYMOUS Gloria: ‘Spiritus et alme’ (from Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Men of King’s College Choir,
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)
EMI 5 57983 2
Track 3

TALLIS Salvator Mundi I
The Choir of King’s College Cambridge / Sir Philip Ledger
EMI CDM 5 65103-2
Track 9

WILLIAM CORNYSH Blow thy horn hunter
Pro Cantione Antiqua & Early Music Consort of London
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77178 CD 1 track 8

ANONYMOUS The hunt is up
(from CD entitled ‘The Flower of all Ships’ – Tudor Court Music from the Time of the Mary Rose)
Emily Van Evera (soprano), Nancy Hadden (flute, recorder, pipe & tabor), Erin Headley (viola da gamba, ‘Mary Rose’ fiddle), Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic harp, double harp, psaltery), Christopher Wilson (lute, guitar), Robert Meunier (lute)
CRD CRD 3448 track 23

TALLIS Dum transisset sabbatum
The Choir of King’s College Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury
ARGO 425 199-2
Track 5

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