CANTORES IN ECCLESIA PRESENTS
THE 18th ANNUAL
WILLIAM BYRD FESTIVAL
AUGUST 7-23, IN PORTLAND, OREGON

This year's William Byrd Festival is offered in memory of David Trendell, who passed away in London, England on the 28th of October, 2014. May he rest in peace.

English organist and conductor Mark Williams returns to Portland this summer to direct the award-winning choir Cantores in Ecclesia in a seventeen-day festival featuring choral masterpieces by the great Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540–1623) and his contemporaries. The complete festival schedule includes an organ recital on the world-class Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, seven liturgical services, three public lectures, and a gala final concert, VOX PATRIS: Sacred Music by Byrd and His Predecessors. The final concert, at 7:30 PM on Sunday, August 23, will feature the magnificent twenty-minute motet Vox patris cælestis by William Mundy (c.1529–1591) and a beautiful and little-known service by Byrd composed in honor of the Virgin Mary. Most of the festival events will take place at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 1112 SE 41st Avenue, with additional events at Holy Rosary Church in NE Portland and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in NW Portland. Full details on this year's festival can be found online at www.byrdfestival.org.


TICKETS for the August 23 gala final concert are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1686689, by phone at 1.800.838.3006, and at the door. All other events are free admission with a free-will offering.



 

 

 

 

 






DAVID TRENDELL, 50, dedicated choral director and senior lecturer at King's College, London, died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage during the early morning hours of October 28, 2014. An academic whoinspired many students to successful careers in the music profession, he also played a central role in church music as the Director of Music at St. Mary's, Bourne Street. Familiar to many in the greater Portland area for his valuable twelve-year contribution to the William Byrd Festival, David will be missed both professionally and personally; we have lost not only a consummate scholar and musician, but a delightful and dear friend. The Guardian, in noting his passing, observed that David "combined musicology with the highest standards of choir training, organ playing, record producing and teaching." After a brief biography and list of his impressible achievements, the Telegraph added that "throughout his career Trendell had a far reaching influence on students and church musicians alike. He was a bright and engaging colleague, an immensely generous teacher, an exuberant raconteur, a true bon vivant and a selfless companion . . ." We count ourselves most fortunate to have been among those blessed by his influence.


ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, instead of the usual opening concert, Bishop Basil Meeking presided at a Pontifical Requiem Mass for our dear departed friend, David Trendell, who passed away last year. Cantores in Ecclesia sang Victoria's six-part Requiem and Alonso Lobo's Versa est in luctum, which was David's favorite piece of polyphonic music.



CANTORES' MOST RECENT CD RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE:

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA
MISSA BREVIS AND STABAT MATER

JACOBUS DE KERLE
MISSA REGINA CAELI

CANTORES IN ECCLESIA
BLAKE APPLEGATE

Cantores in Ecclesia's most recent release (pictured above) brings together settings of the Latin Mass by two Renaissance composers. They were exact contemporaries, and both were famous in their own lifetime, although posterity has treated them quite differently. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) is still a familiar name to modern singers, while Jacobus de Kerle (1531-91) has been all but forgotten. These two men were both dedicated to composing music for the Catholic Church in an era when its musical foundations (and the foundations of its very existence) were in peril. This was a time of sweeping reforms, debated for twenty arduous years during the Council of Trent. The goal was to strip off the excesses and corruptions of past centuries, returning to an atmosphere of simplicity, austerity, and holiness. Needless to say, this had vast implications for what was sung and played in church. Kerle and Palestrina were two composers who found themselves at the center of the fray. (Except taken from the CD booklet music notes, written by Dr. Kerry McCarthy.)

To read David Stabler's December, 2013 review of Cantores' CD, which was featured as a selection for the Oregonian's "Top Gifts for Music Lovers: A&E Gift Guide of 2013," please click HERE.

CDs ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE AT:


cdbaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/cantoresinecclesia

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/palestrina-missa-brevis-stabat/id776424068

Or by calling 503-295-2811. Copies can also be purchased at the receptions directly following the 7:30 P.M. Saturday Vigil Masses at St. Stephen's.
 
THE 18TH ANNUAL
WILLIAM BYRD FESTIVAL



Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

Public Lecture: ‘What is a Votive Mass?’
Given by William Mahrt

St. Stephen's Catholic Church
1112 SE 41st Ave 



*Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.

Solemn Pontifical Mass (1970 Missal), featuring Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, directed by Blake Applegate and Mark Williams

St. Stephen's Catholic Church
1112 SE 41st Ave 
free-will offering

* Before Mass, at 7:00 P.M., Dr. William Mahrt will give a pre-Mass lecture.



*Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.

Final Concert: ‘VOX PATRIS: Sacred Music by Byrd and His Predecessors’

The final concert will feature the magnificent twenty-minute motet Vox patris cælestis by William Mundy (c.1529–1591) and a beautiful and little-known service by Byrd composed in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Given by Cantores in Ecclesia, directed by Mark Williams

St. Stephen's Catholic Church

1112 SE 41st Ave 
$20 general admission,
$15 seniors & children

For advance tickets, please click HERE; remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the concert.

* Before the concert, at 7:00 P.M., Dr. William Mahrt will give a pre-Mass lecture.