In 2013 Laus Polyphoniae turns 20! A round birthday that deserves to be celebrated with lots of festivities. With pomp and circumstance, or rather: with consorts and virginals! During this jubilee edition the programme displays brilliant music from Elisabethan England. Elisabeth I (1533-1603) is the ideal patroness for Laus Polyphoniae: music was no doubt the most faithful companion throughout her long life, from the continuously sung Te Deum when she was born, ranging across The Triumphes of Oriana – which she enjoyed during the May Day Celebrations of 1601 – to the lovely sounds that alleviated her last moments. With the legendary Virgin Queen as protagonist the Festival will show the best composers of the Chapel Royal, stage the most iconic poets, present sublime highlights of the repertoire, but also reveal unknown treasures that easily match the crown jewels.