First stop: Perth

So here we all are in Perth. Harry and the singers have been enjoying some ‘R&R’ in this gorgeous city, and so far our trip has included a lush combination of sun, sea, quokkas, strange beach ball games and top-notch food and wine.  Some of us visited nearby Fremantle, with its old harbour and the fascinating Fre

The choir rehearsing in St Mary's Cathedral

mantle Prison where you can view the hangman’s noose.  Nowadays you are offered the option of getting married at the prison with the publicity suggesting it as a ‘fitting way to begin your life sentence as husband and wife’!  Others amongst us visited Cottesloe beach and the sublime car-free Rottnest Island for cycling and snorkelling action. It’s days like this that make us especially appreciate our job!

Back to reality today and the first performance of the tour with our Perth Festival debut. We look forward to treating our Australian friends to our favourite Queen of Heaven programme in Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral very shortly!

Marie-Sophie, Chief Executive

The Sixteen are off down under!

The Sixteen have arrived safe and sound in Perth and are having a well-earned break before their first concert. Although judging by these miserable expressions, maybe a visit to the city’s Fremantle Prison wasn’t the best choice of afternoon activity!

Jephtha reviewed on BBC Radio 3

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Our latest CD release, Handel’s Jephtha, will be reviewed on BBC Radio 3′s CD Review on Saturday morning (13 September) at around 11.40 (local time). Listen online here and download the full recording here.


Back on the road………………

Jephtha CD display at Blackwell's in Oxford

A busy week, as the new season takes off! The fourth cohort of our Genesis Sixteen training choir completed their first week’s work with Harry, Eamonn and the other tutors in Oxford at the weekend, finishing with a brilliant lunchtime concert in the Auditorium at Magdalen College.  On Monday our new recording of Handel’s Jephtha was officially released worldwide. You can order the CD here or download it in a variety of formats here. And tonight, the second part of this year’s Choral Pilgrimage (The Voice of the Turtle Dove, with music by Sheppard, Mundy and Davy) begins in Wells Cathedral, continuing to Winchester Cathedral tomorrow, and then on to St Albans Abbey on Saturday. Last minute tickets are available: check for details here.

We have around 40 concerts between now and Christmas, so I hope you can come to one of them somewhere! It is good to see that the Oxford concert on our Christmas tour is already being advertised on the back of buses there………..

Christmas by bus

The Voice of the Turtle Dove in York Minster: Friday 11 July at 7.30pm

York Minster at dusk, after our last concert there

The Choral Pilgrimage progresses on Friday to one of our favourite venues, York Minster, as part of the York Early Music Festival. There are very few tickets still available, but if you are able to come, call the box-office on 01904 658338 .  The concert is preceded at noon by an Insight Day, at which Sally Dunkley and John Milsom explore in great depth the music from this year’s Pilgrimage by William Munday, Richard Davy and John Sheppard. Again, details are available from 01904 658338.

If you can’t be in York, then the concert is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. This programme will then be available on the iPlayer for a further week.

And if you can’t be at the concert or near a radio you can download the recording here or order the tour CD here!