A Renaissance Christmas (2010)

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This article is about a Folger Consort performance. For other uses, see A Renaissance Christmas (disambiguation).

For the 2010 Christmas celebration, Folger Consort offered a selection of English music dating from the mid-16th to the late-17th centuries from December 10 to December 12, 2010 at Gaston Hall, Georgetown University. With the Tallis Scholars, a quartet of viols, a wind player, lute, and organ, the Consort had the necessary forces to present much of the wonderful vocal and instrumental music of the time. The enduring repertoire of Renaissance music vividly conveyed the joy and spirit of the season. Master composers, including Byrd, Gibbons, Taverner, and Purcell, provide the performers with rich and varied settings for high voices and stringed instruments, allowing the audience to hear the full sweet harmonies that were England’s contribution to the music of the Renaissance.

Detail of Lucas Van Valckenborch's Winter (1586).


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: viol
  • Christopher Kendall: lute

Voices: The Tallis Scholars

  • Peter Phillips, director
  • Janet Coxwell: soprano
  • Alice Gribbin: soprano
  • Amy Haworth: soprano
  • Amy Wood: soprano
  • Patrick Craig: alto
  • David Gould: alto
  • George Pooley: tenor
  • Christopher Watson: tenor
  • Donald Greig: bass
  • Rob Macdonald: bass


  • Joseph Gascho: organ
  • Daniel Rippe: viol
  • Alice Robbins: viol
  • Mary Springfels: viol
  • Tom Zajac: Renaissance winds