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!
Genesis Foundation supports The Sixteen
The Genesis Foundation has commissioned three settings of the Stabat Mater text for The Sixteen, and we will be premiering these tomorrow at LSO St Luke’s in London at a free lunchtime concert. Full details are here. Harry Christophers chose three leading young composers for this project: Alissa Firsova, Tõnu Kõrvits and Matthew Martin. Describing the sorrow of Mary at the Cross these moving and accessible choral pieces are performed alongside music by the Renaissance master William Byrd and readings of poems by William Blake. We will go on to record these works for CORO, for release later in the year.
John Studzinski, the founder and driving force behind the Genesis Foundation, spoke about the project on BBC Radio 4 last Sunday (about 32 minutes into the programme), and you can see a short video here about the concept behind this project here.
Listen to Harry Christophers discussing our recent and forthcoming releases on CORO with Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3′s CD Review, first broadcast last Saturday: it is on the BBC iPlayer here and runs from 01.31.40 – 02.13.30 (not available in all territories). As well as music by Sheppard, Haydn and Bertolusi, there is chance to hear extracts from two recordings due out later in the year: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Handel’s Jephtha.
Muziekgebouw aan't Ij, Amsterdam
Our 5-concert tour of the Netherlands got off to an excellent start last night in Groningen. Tonight we are in Amsterdam in the Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij, performing music by Palestrina, Allegri and James MacMillan. Tomorrow, we are in Maastricht; on Friday, in Tilburg; and the tour finishes in Rotterdam on Saturday evening.
We were delighted to launch the tour at a reception in London on Monday at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Queen of Heaven has been one of our most performed programmes in recent years: the CD is available here, and the download here.
The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Choral Pilgrimage 2014 starts tonight in Cambridge, and moves on to Oxford tomorrow. As Harry has written: ‘For this year’s tour, I have returned to our grass roots to focus on the music of three exceptional Tudor composers. I am delighted to revisit a work we last performed at our first-ever concert and I recall the amazing review we had for it – “not only was the sound of the choir a revelation but so too was the music”. The critic was referring to William Mundy’s monumental work Vox patris caelestis, the text of which comes from the Song of Songs. It is full of pictorial imagery with such phrases as “Arise, my dove, my fair one” and “the voice of the turtle dove” to revel in.’
Full details of the programme and the tour are here. Returns at the door only tonight in Cambridge; there are a few tickets still left for Oxford tomorrow: call 01865 305305.
Harry will be talking about The Voice of the Turtle Dove tour on Classic FM on Sunday afternoon during Charlotte Green’s Culture Show between 15.00 and 17.00.