A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry's Court

A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court: Christmas 1400, London

At Christmastide 1400, King Henry IV of England received at his court Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Emperor Manuel II, who was on a quest through Europe seeking aid against the Ottomans.

Manuel enjoyed lavish entertainment from his English hosts, who were in awe at his devotion to daily services chanted in Greek during his visit.

We celebrate this historic East-West encounter at London’s Eltham Palace—between the singers of the two royal chapels—with a newly researched program in Greek and Latin for Christmas and Epiphany.


Medieval Byzantine Chant and Imperial Acclamations c. 1400
Medieval English Chant and Polyphony for the Sarum Rite

Artists on this Program

Alexander Lingas

Alexander Lingas, music director and founder of Cappella Romana

Alexander Lingas, Music Director of Cappella Romana, is a Reader in Music at City University London and a Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of British… Read More…



FRIDAY 14 JANUARY 2022, 7:30 P.M.


SATURDAY 15 JANUARY 2022, 8:00 P.M.


SUNDAY 16 JANUARY 2022, 3:00 P.M.

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