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BBC R3 The Early Music Show: Thomas Tomkins




Lucie Skeaping celebrates the 450th anniversary of Thomas Tomkins's birth. He studied with William Byrd, was choirmaster at Worcester Cathedral and organist at the Chapel Royal. Born in 1572, his life spanned the end of the Tudor period, the beginning of the reign of the Stuarts and the execution of Charles I to whom he dedicated his Sad Pavan: for these distracted times. His music is still performed regularly in cathedrals, in particular his anthem When David Heard.


Released On: 27 Mar 2022

Available here for 28 days


  1. When David heard

  2. Then David mourned

  3. Hexachord Fantasia: Ut re mi

  4. Te Deum 'We praise thee, O God' (The Great Service)

  5. Pavan in A minor

  6. Woe is me

  7. A Sad pavan for these distracted times

  8. O God the Proud are Risen against me

  9. Too much I once lamented

  10. The Lady Folliott's galliard


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