Cardinal's Household Chapel, The

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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.