Burghley Voices
A chamber choir, based in Stamford, Lincs, UK

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain


Vespers for the 550th anniversary of the death of Richard Plantagenet, Duke Of York, on Tuesday 27th July at 6.00pm at St Martin’s, Stamford


Programme

  • Introit
    Woefully arrayed – William Cornyshe (1462 - 1523)
    Source: British Museum Add MS 5465 (“Fayrfax Manuscript “). Words by John Skelton, edited Handlo music

    Procession
    Organ piece – Anonymous
  • Source: British Library MS Roy App. 56 f.12v [untitled, early sixteenth century]

  • Vespers of the Dead
    Psalms 120 and 129 – chant
    Magnificat: ‘Regale’ – Robert Fayrfax (1464 - 1521)
  • Source: Lambeth Palace Library MS1 (“The Lambeth Choirbook”), edited by David Fraser
  • The Lord’s Prayer
    Psalm 145 – chant
    Prayers

    Anthem
    Stabat Mater Dolorosa (a7) – John Browne (fl.c.1480-1505)
    Source: Eton College Library Ms. 178 ( “The Eton Choirbook”), folios c1-c3, edited by David Fraser

    Voluntary
    Organ Piece – Anonymous
  • Source: British Library MS Roy App. 56 f.12v [untitled, early sixteenth century]

Burghley Voices conducted by Fergus Black.

Followed by lecture:

The Heraldic Funeral: Its Purpose and Meaning
Julian Litten Ph D, FSA.


The event was part of an historical re-enactment by the Wakefield Historical Society of the funeral cortège from Pontefract to Fotheringhay, which stopped in Stamford in 1476.