Tyndale and Torda: Perspectives on the Reformation in Hungary and Britain

A talk by Roy Rashbrook

There has recently been a wealth of material in the popular media regarding the Reformation in Britain, a time when today’s truth could easily become tomorrow’s heresy, the risk of martyrdom became an occupational hazard for some. At broadly the same time, in Transylvania, King John Sigismund convoked a Diet at Torda in which a local community’s right to choose its own pastors, whilst forbidding the mistreatment of people on religious grounds. Learn more about this fascinating historic period from Roy Rashbrook. We might even sing together.

Thursday 23 November 2017, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre London
10 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA


Roy Rashbrook was educated at Dauntsey’s School, going on to study Music at Goldsmith’s College and Singing under Alexander Oliver, William McAlpine and Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. After a brief but rewarding flirtation with a career in teaching, Roy became a professional singer in 1998, joining the world famous choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral the following year; a position which offers some precious stability in the life of a freelance musician! In addition to the broadcasts, concerts, special events and daily services there, Roy also sings regularly with such groups as The King’s Consort and The Clerks, combining their various performing, touring and recording schedules with his work as a soloist, singing teacher and conductor. He has conducted several choirs and ensembles, including the Goldsmiths’ Chorus, The University of London Union Chorus, The Hanover Singers and Candlelight Opera. He is a regular guest conductor of The Waverley Singers and directs two choirs of his own: Hart Voices (Fleet, Hampshire) and The Chantry Singers (Guildford). He is also an occasional lecturer, editor, arranger and (very occasionally) composer.

Roy has sung as a soloist with a number of Britain’s leading orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Mozart Players. In addition to performances in all London’s major concert venues, his work has taken him all over the country and throughout Europe as well as to Israel and the States. He has appeared on many CD recordings, film soundtracks and radio and television broadcasts, both at home and abroad.

Recent conducting work includes Victoria’s Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae de Confessore plus performances of his own arrangements of English and Hungarian folksongs. He lives in Woking, Surrey with his wife and daughter, where he spends such spare time as he can find with his hobbies of landscape photography, cycling, hiking, learning Hungarian, feeding his irrational enthusiasm for old vinyl and steadfastly ignoring the cupboard containing his unsorted tax receipts.
The event is free but registration is required.
Please call 020 7240 8448 or e-mail bookings@hungary.org.uk.

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