The Cardinal's Household Chapel


Veni Sancte Spiritus19980530In 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.