William Byrd Choir singing at Salle Church

07:00 21 June 2014

Gavin Turner director the William Byrd Choir

Gavin Turner director the William Byrd Choir


A renowned church choir, formed by a north Norfolk man, is preparing for its first self-promoted concert for 30 years

The William Byrd Choir, run by Gavin Turner from Gunton Hall, will sing at Salle Church on July 26.

The main work will be Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices - one of his English church music masterpieces.

Mr Turner started and led the choir in its first concert back in 1973 - a lunch hour performance at Holburn close to the HMSO office where he then worked.

The choir then went on, over several years, to record many Renaissance music programmes for the BBC, did regular concerts at the South Bank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall, and performed at English music festivals.

They also went on a number of foreign tours, particularly to Italy, where in 1980, it became the first outside choir (apart from the Sistine Chapel Choir itself) to record in the Sistine Chapel, with the BBC.

Mr Turner worked as corporate marketing director of the HMSO in Norwich when he bought a home at Gunton Park - and now lives there in retirement.

He is also treasurer of the Roughton benefice of churches,

The July 26 performance at 6.30pm is at a church with a tradition of well-attended summer concerts. It will feature motets by Taverner, Tallis, Palestrina, Victoria - and Byrd.

Tickets (front nave £20, rear nave £15, side aisles £10, students £8) from Prelude Records, 25b St Giles Street, Norwich (01602 628319) or Salle Church ( or call 01603 873387). For a full programme details see www.williambyrdchoir. com


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Most Read

Most Commented

Latest from the EDP



max temp: 11°C

min temp: 7°C

Listen to the latest weather forecast

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter