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Byrd and Tomkins Great Services

Saturday 3 February 2018
St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
Registration from 9.30 am, informal concert, 4.00 pm

Join exciting new vocal group Seraphim and award-winning City Chamber Choir for a day learning, singing and hearing music by British Renaissance masters.

Is it for me?

City Chamber Choir, the friendly group that rehearses and performs in the heart of the City of London, invites you to take part in this workshop on music by two of the ‘greats’ of the British renaissance music William Byrd and Thomas Tomkins. If you are an enthusiastic amateur singer, who would like to explore movements from the Great Service by each composer, brush up on singing technique and find out about the historical context of the works during the course of an enjoyable day, then this is for you. We will be working on the Te Deum and Jubilate from Tomkins’ Great Service and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from Byrd’s Great Service.

Working alongside members of City Chamber Choir and the professional group Seraphim, as well as learning and performing these beautiful works in the magnificent surroundings of one of the City’s finest Wren churches, you will gain valuable insight into voice production and vocal technique from experienced professional singers.

Our study day ends with an informal concert at 4.00 pm (open to all – please do invite your friends). A bonus will be the performance of Tomkins verse anthems by the exciting new vocal ensemble Seraphim. The concert will be free, with a retiring collection to help towards church costs.

Practical information

  • Tickets for the day are £35 and include tea and coffee. Please make your own arrangements for lunch: feel free to bring a packed lunch or use nearby cafés/restaurants.
  • All sheet music is included in the cost and you will have copies to take home at the end of the day.
  • Dress code: informal. The church is warm and well appointed!

The venue

The church of St Mary-at-Hill is a beautiful and historic building in the heart of the City of London, near the Monument to the Great Fire of London. A church on this site has served the Parish of Billingsgate for nearly a thousand years. For further information visit

How to book

Please book online at
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Coleman (City Chamber Choir Ticket Secretary) on or 07715 351744.

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Timetable for the day:

9.30 am    Doors open for registration and music distribution
10.00 am–11.00 am    Workshop session 1
11.00 am–11.30 am    Coffee break
11.30 am–12.30 pm    Workshop session 2
12.30 pm–1.30 pm    Lunch (own arrangements)
1.30 pm–3.30 pm    Workshop session 3
3.30 pm–4.00 pm    Tea and cake
4.00 pm     Informal concert