Passions on the Death of Prince Henry
Catherine Bott introduces vocal music written as an outpouring of grief on the death of Prince Henry, the elder son of James I of England, after he died suddenly at the age of 18.
400 years ago Prince Henry, the elder son of James I of England, died at the age of 18 after contracting typhoid he developed after an ill-advised dip in the River Thames. There was a national outpouring of grief and many composers wrote musical tributes, including several settings of the text 'When David Heard'. Catherine Bott introduces some of this music, performed by the vocal ensemble Gallicantus and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, under director Gabriel Crouch, recorded earlier this year at the York Early Music Festival.