This is Orlando Gibbons' (1583-1625) most famous madrigal, from an original poem by Gibbons' musical patron, Sir Christopher Hatton (some say). The lyrics present the legend that swans only sing, just before they die. This is also thought of as a metaphor for the decline of the madrigal style of music, as the late Elizabethan era comes to an end.
Sung by the Cambridge Singers in the Gurt Lush style!
Sat 5th May
CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music, The Vic Rooms
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
15 - 18 May 2018
We are Lightning, The Trinity Centre
Fri 22nd June
Westbury Baptist church Uganda concert
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges
Sat 21st July
Bristol Harbour Festival
Saturday 29th September 2018
Innovation 216, St George's