|Veni Sancte Spiritus||19980530||In January 1518, an unprecedented musical contest took place between the two greatest households in early Tudor ENGLAND.|
In was during the CHRISTMAS celebrations of the previous month that King Henry VIII began to recognise a rival in the chapel choir of his most illustrious statesman Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
The King decided to arrange a competition between the two chapels, and a contemporary account of the event concluded that the singers in Wolsey's chapel were superior.
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, director Stephen Darlington.
Richard Pygott: Mass `Veni sancte spiritus'.
John Mason: O rex gloriose.