They that in Ships unto the Sea down go:
Music for the Mayflower
A new programme created to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.
In Autumn 1620, the Mayflower left England for the New World.
Our programme aims to recreate the world of those on board ship: the Saints, the Strangers, and the sailors.
The title “They that in Ships unto the Sea down go” comes from the text of Psalm 107 in Henry Ainsworth’s Psalter of 1612, one of the books carried on board the Mayflower by
Elder William Brewster. The programme also includes other psalms, hymns, lutesongs and ballads, from his library.
For the others on board, there are sailors’ songs, and other music for mariners; And for the merchants, songs and dances describing tobacco,
and some of the other wonders that they hoped to find in the New World.
The programme includes music by: Richard Allison, Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Thomas Ford and Tobias Hume
Initially created in collaboration with London Bubble
as part of the Mayflower400 project