Oxford Festival of the Arts

Secret Byrd

The Gesualdo Six and Fretwork

Unreserved seats with soup £35

Standing tickets without soup £30 (concessions available)

Part of OFA BYRD2023

“Weavers of rich and plangent aural tapestries, The Gesualdo Six meld style and substance with beguiling sure-footedness.” – BBC Music Magazine

“Chillingly authentic”

Witness this extraordinary theatrical concert, which celebrates the 400-year legacy of William Byrd, one of England’s finest composers. Award-winning British vocal ensemble Gesualdo Six collaborate with Fretwork for the first time in an immersive performance created and directed by Bill Barclay and produced by Concert Theatre Works. Soup and bread are passed to foster a sense of ritual and inclusivity. Audiences rove freely among the costumed artists feeling the original hand-made part-books, all illuminated by candlelight. A concert experience like never before.

“If they haven’t already filmed this, they should for when the initial tour is over. In the meantime, do try to see it live.” The Guardian

There will be a talk at 7.30pm about the vibrancy of monastic life in late medieval England, and the change in the sacred soundscape in the Tudor Court; together with medievalist Dr Elizabeth Gemmill and musico-historian and Oxford Festival of the Arts director, Dr Michelle Castelletti. A limited number of places for the talk are available to book for Secret Byrd ticket holders.

The venue is a medieval building, and can only be accessed by stairs to the Long Gallery on the first floor.