Alamire perform Dulcissima virgo Maria
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Choir records double agent's music given to Henry VIII in 1515

A manuscript of choral works given to King Henry VIII in 1515 by a duplicitous musician has been recorded in full for the first time.

The book was put together by musician and diplomat Petrus Alamire, who was employed by the English king to spy on the last pretender to the thrown, Richard de la Pole.

But unknown to Henry, Alamire turned rogue and became a double agent for Pole.

Alamire, a choir of the same name, has recorded the manuscript in its entirety from start to finish.

Music courtesy of Dr David Skinner and Alamire

  • 13 Dec 2014