After a couple of cancellations and COVID-19 delays, we were finally able to enjoy a William Byrd Singers concert.
On a very cold evening, with the threat of snow in the air, we popped down to Manchester to listen to their most recent offering To Music, To Singing.
In addition to the choir there were two violin solos and some wonderful piano music.
The choir sang Hymn to Saint Cecilia, composed by W H Auden and set to music by Britten.
There were also poems from Robert Herrick, John Dryden; Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Shelley. All of these were beautifully sung, but my absolute favourite was the Byrds' last piece Envoi by Francis Thompson. I love Thompson's poetry, and he's almost forgotten today. So, to listen to this piece with music composed by Stephen Wilkinson (the choir's founder) sent shivers down my spine: