Concert for a King: Music from the time of Richard III

The Ricardian Music Guild has announced a concert of early music in aid of the Leicester Cathedral King Richard III Appeal, which will be held on Tuesday 24 March, 8.30pm, at the Holy Cross Priory Church at 45 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HW.  The concert will pay homage to the life of King Richard III through the music of his time.  The program will include music that he might have heard whilst he lived, and will present this music, once again, in honour of his memory.

The featured ensemble for the program is the early music consort Aitone, led by Rob Durk.  Also featured will be instrumentalist Susan Burns on the Dulcien.  The musical pieces will be presented, interspersed with readings from contemporary accounts of King Richard III.

Jonathan Hayes of the Ricardian Music Guild states: ‘This occasion will be a bringing together of two important elements in the character of King Richard III: his deep and sincere religious devotion and his love of music.’  Father David Rocks, Prior of Holy Cross states: ‘We are pleased to be able to serve as the host venue for this concert.  Holy Cross is unique in still celebrating a form of Mass that has remained unchanged since the 13th Century.  It is very similar to the Mass that Richard III would have participated in on the morning before he went into battle at Bosworth, so it is fitting that we should honour his memory with the music of his time.’

There will be no charge for the concert but donations will be accepted, the proceeds of which will be directed to the Leicester Cathedral King Richard III Appeal.  Although there is no charge for tickets, reservations absolutely must be made so that there will be a fair and equitable distribution of available seats on a first-come basis.  Reservations are available through the following link: 

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About the featured Ensemble:  Aitone
Aitone is based in the East Midlands town of Long Eaton, and was formed in the 2005 with the goal of exposing new audiences to Early Music.  Although a recent collaboration, the members have a wealth of singing experience between them, both in early music and other repertoires.  They are a mixed a capella group singing a range of music from the 11th to the 18th centuries, including Anglo-Saxon chant, West Gallery psalmody, medieval English discant and Renaissance music.