Past Events

Anne Boleyn's Songbook at York Minster by Candlelight

12 July 2016

Alamire uncovers the contents of Anne Boleyn's Songbook - which includes works by some of the greatest composers of the early 16th century: Compère, Brumel, Mouton and Josquin. The programme concludes with a haunting setting of O Deathe rock me asleep, possibly linked to Anne's fate whilst awaiting her execution in the Tower of London.

7pm, Tuesday 12 July 2016, York Chapter House

Choral at Cadogan: Anne Boleyn's Songbook

17 March 2016

Alamire returns to the Cadogan Hall for a performance of Anne Boleyn's Songbook. Here Alamire explores the finest works in the Songbook by some of the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton, and Josquin. Performances by Alamire are interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute, harp and voice. The programme concludes with a most haunting setting of O Deathe rock me asleep, not from the Songbook but possibly linked to Anne’s fate while awaiting her execution in the Tower of London.

Anne Boleyn's Songbook at Shakespeare's Globe (two concerts)

13 September 2015 - 14 September 2015

Sunday 13 September, 7.00pm
Monday 14 September, 8.00pm

Alamire returns to the Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, to explore motets and chansons by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compre, Mouton, Brumel and Josquin, interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for the lute and harp. Also included is a haunting setting of ‘O death rock me asleep’, the poem, thought by some, to have been written by Anne as she awaited her fate in the Tower of London.


Laus Polyphoniae, Antwerp 2015: The Spy's Choirbook

27 August 2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015
Carolus Borromeus Church, 8pm

Alamire & the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble join forces for the 22nd edition of the Flanders Festival in Antwerp. The festival theme is PETRUS ALAMIRE! Music from the Spy's Choirbook, and the greatest English composers of the early 16th century including Davy, Lambe and Fayrfax. More information to follow soon:

David Skinner with the Zenobia Consort (Madrid)

6 March 2015 - 8 March 2015

Information to follow.

The Spy's Choirbook at Shakespeare's Globe, London

8 February 2015

Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Sunday 8 February, 2.30pm

Given in 1516 as one of the several musical gifts from Petrus Alamire to Henry VIII, The Spy’s Choirbook is one of the finest early 16th century musical treasures in the British Library. Alamire and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble perform a selection of the finest pieces from the collection, interwoven with illuminating tales of the book’s history.


There is no rose: Alamire in Edinburgh

13 December 2014

SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014, 7.45pm, Canongate Kirk

Alamire perform William Byrd's Propers for Christmas Day interspersed with works from the Trinity Carol Roll (from Trinity College, Cambridge) - the earliest source of the English polyphonic carol. The thirteen works in this manuscript include the famous Agincourt Carol, celebrating Henry V's victory over the French in 1415, and the much-loved and performed There is no rose.


14 February 2014 - 28 February 2014

Alamire will perform at the 50th anniversary conference of the American Choral Directors Association (Western Division). Details of this and other engagements during the tour will be posted soon.

Ther is no Rose: Alamire at NCEM York

8 December 2013

National Centre for Early Music, York, 19:30

Byrd: Puer natus est nobis
Trinity Carol Roll [TCR]: Haile Mary ful of grace
TCR: Eya martir Stephane
Anon: Lully, lullay: Als I lay on Yoolis night
Byrd: Viderunt omnes / Dies sanctificatus
TCR: Nowel, nowel, nowel
Byrd: Tui sunt caeli
Byrd: Viderunt omnes fines terrae

Anon: Swete was the songe the Virgin soonge
Byrd: Hodie Christus natus est
TCR: Qwat tydynges bryngyst thu messager


21 July 2013

Abbey of Maria Laach, Germany, 19.00

Lheritier: Nigra sum
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum, Kyrie
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum, Gloria
Palestrina: Trahe me post te
Palestrina: Veneam meam
Descendi in hortum nucum
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum, Credo

- Interval -

Palestrina: Nigra sum
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum, Sanctus
Surgam et circuibo civitatem
Palestrina: Pulcrae sunt
Palestrina: Sicut lilium
Palestrina Missa Nigra sum, Agnus Dei
Palestrina: Osculetur me
Palestrina: Surge propera