William Byrd ChoirThe William Byrd Choir made its debut in 1973 with a concert at St Andrew’s Holborn. That concert was attended by the BBC producer and musicologist Basil Lam who as a result invited the choir to record a programme of Palestrina for Radio 3. The Choir subsequently recorded Renaissance church music frequently for the BBC, including programmes of Byrd, Weelkes, Lassus, Palestrina and Victoria, as well as some fascinating 16th century liturgical reconstructions for the producer Hugh Keyte. In the late 1980s the BBC, with different priorities, gave up making regular recordings of this repertoire with freelance professional recital choirs. During the early 1970s the Choir started giving regular London Concerts at the South Bank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, at St John’s Smith Square, and at the Wigmore Hall. It also performed at music festivals in England and abroad.The choir made a number of foreign tours, particularly to Italy. In 1980 the Choir was the first outside choir to record in the Sistine Chapel. The recordings were broadcast by the BBC and released as an own label commercial LP by the BBC.
The William Byrd Choir has made a number of commercial recordings. Click on the link to the Hyperion Records website on our 'Recordings’ page to sample two of our CDs.