Wednesday 3 May 2023

The St Teilo Organ comes to Lincoln Cathedral as part of its Byrd 400 celebrations

The St Teilo Organ
The St Teilo Organ
As part of Lincoln Cathedral's Byrd 400 celebrations this year, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Byrd's death, the St Teilo Organ is coming to the cathedral as part of the celebrations. The organ was built in 2001 by organ builders Goetze and Gwynn using traditional materials and techniques and is based on an original Tudor soundboard found at Wetheringsett in Suffolk in 1977. The oak case is covered in decoration, including murals depicting the Annunciation and Adoration of the Shepherds on the doors. The organ is entirely mechanical, with power provided by a set of manually operated bellows. 

The St Teilo organ will be on display in the Cathedral during normal opening hours and will also be used during services, concerts and lectures as part of the Byrd 400 Festival.

 William Byrd was Master of the Choristers at the Lincoln Cathedral from 1563 to 1572, during which he composed much music for the relatively newly translated services of the Church of England. For Byrd 400, which takes place at the cathedral from 30 June to 4 July 2023, Byrd's music will feature at cathedral services sung by the cathedral choir, the Choir of Merton College Oxford and the Tallis Scholars. There will be a series of concerts and recitals including viol music from the Arculo Viol Consort and keyboard music from Friederike Chylek, culminating in a late evening performance of some of Byrd’s most beautiful music by the cathedral choir and the Tallis Scholars. There will also be an academic symposium.

Full details from the Lincoln Cathedral website.

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