William Byrd Festival

October 27-30 at the Bienen School of Music

Widely considered one of the greatest Renaissance composers, William Byrd (1539/40–1623) had a profound impact on composers in his native England as well as in continental Europe. His sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard works, and consort music continue to inspire generations of composers and performers alike. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, Bienen School ensembles, faculty, and special guests celebrate his legacy.


The Lives of Singers in Tudor England
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, October 28
Open Dress Rehearsal, October 29
Mini-Recital: William Byrd's Virginal Music, October 30
Music for Voices and Viols by William Byrd, October 30