The new David Starkey Channel 4 series, Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant features a score by Philip Sheppard. The complete soundtrack for the series draws upon melodies and lyrics written by Henry himself, as well as works by his contemporaries. It can be heard on these pages as free stream. Click the play buttons to hear the tracks.
This video shows the viol consort Fretwork recording the accompaniment to Alma Redemptoris.
O Dolce Nocte (after a madrigal by Philippe Verdelot, words by Niccolo Machiavelli)O dolce nocte, o sanct’
Hore nocturn’ et qete…
Without Discord featuring Dot Allison (melody and lyrics by Henry VIII)Without discord
And both accord,
Now let us be.
Both harts alone
To set in one,
Best seems me.
Performers: Fretwork, Alamire, Richard Campbell, Charles Mutter, Philip Sheppard, Dot Allison
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Music co-producer: Roberto Borzoni
“This exhibition draws on the British Library’s rich collections – including the books that Henry himself chose, read and annotated – which outline the revolutionary change in ideas that took place during the reign of Henry VIII and take us, as nothing else can, into the King’s own mind.”
Dr David Starkey