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History of the Chapel Royal

Joseph McHardy guides Lucie Skeaping through 300 years of turbulent British history as seen through the Chapel Royal's music. Recorded at St James's Palace in London.

Recorded at the Palace of St James's in London. Lucie Skeaping examines music written for the Chapel Royal with its director Joseph McHardy, with the backdrop of more than 300 years of turbulent history of Britain from the 15th to the 17th centuries and the different monarchs that were in power at the time – and the composers who served them. Familiar names like Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Henry Purcell feature, but also those of lesser-known composers like John Pyamour, Robert Faryfax, Thomas Tomkin, Pelham Humfrey, among others.

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Music Played

  • John Pyamour

    Quam Pulchra Es

    Ensemble: Gothic Voices. Director: Christopher Page.
    • Helios : CDH55290.
    • Helios.
    • 12.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Maria Plena Virtute

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • ASV : CD GAU-145.
    • ASV.
    • 9.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Mass Salve Intemerata; Gloria

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • Naxos : 8.557770.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Thomas Tallis

    If Ye Love Me

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Philips.
    • Gimell : CDGIM007.
    • Gimell.
    • 1.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Loquebantur Variis Linguis

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi : HMU807595.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O Nata Lux De Lumine

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG: 720.
    • SDG.
    • 4.
  • William Byrd

    John Come Kiss Me Now

    Performer: Andreas Staier.
    • Das Alte Werk : 0927 42205-2.
    • Das Alte Werk.
    • 16.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    O Clap Your Hands

    Choir: King's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI : 0946 3 94430 2 4.
    • EMI.
    • 9.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    A Sad Pavan For These Distracted Times

    Performer: Kenneth Gilbert.
    • ADDA : 581178.
    • ADDA.
    • 7.
  • Pelham Humfrey

    O Lord My God

    Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro COR16041.
    • Coro.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hear My Prayer, O Lord

    Choir: King's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Decca : 478-8918.
    • Decca.
    • 16.

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