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Written for the birthday of Queen Mary in 1694 and containing the ebullient duet ‘Sound the trumpet’, Purcell’s ode Come, ye sons of art is one of the composer’s most celebrated works. Drawing on the latest musicological research by Professor Rebecca Herissone at the University of Manchester, this performance presents the premiere of a newly restored and uncorrupted version of the ode, as well as a recently discovered devotional song for two high tenors, performed by Anthony Gregory and Hugo Hymas.


Love’s goddess sure was blind
Those eyes, that form
Sweetness of Nature and true wit
Long may she reign over this Isle
May her blest example chase
Many such days may she behold
May she to Heaven late return
Come ye Sons of Art
Sound the trumpet
Come ye Sons of Art
Strike the viol, touch the lute
The day that such a blessing gave
Bid the virtues, bid the graces
These are the sacred charms
See Nature, rejoicing

Featured Artists

The English Concert
Kristian Bezuidenhout Director
Julia Doyle Soprano
Christopher Lowrey Countertenor
James Laing Countertenor
Anthony Gregory Tenor

Hugo Hymas Tenor
Ashley Riches Bass

This programme is presented in association with the music department at the University of Manchester. We would like to acknowledge with grateful thanks the assistance of Rebecca Herisonne for her generous advice in the preparation of this programme.


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