Monday, September 20, 2021 – Music in Elizabethan Catholic Households – with Charles Weaver, lute

Special Events at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
Music in Elizabethan Catholic Households: Sacred Songs from the Paston Collection

Elizabeth & Charles Weaver, soprano and lute

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m
A Musical Evening with Refreshments
Rectory Ballroom

The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
279 Atlantic Street | Stamford | Connecticut 06901
(203) 324-1553

Call or email the Parish Office to make reservations.

Edward Paston was a prominent English Catholic gentleman during the reign of Elizabeth I, when Roman Catholicism was illegal, and when the Mass could only be celebrated in secret and in private homes. An associate of the great English Catholic composer William Byrd, Paston amassed a large collection of vocal polyphony from the Counter-Reformation and arranged it for a single voice accompanied by a lute. Whether this collection was intended for liturgical use or merely for private devotion, it offers a glimpse into the intimate musical and religious life of a sixteenth-century family.

Elizabeth and Charles Weaver have been exploring the Paston manuscripts for the past several years, and this is the third recital program they have compiled from that vast collection. The music of William Byrd is especially featured, along with that of John Taverner, Robert White, Thomas Tallis, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Orlande de Lassus, and Tomás Luís de Victoria.