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………..
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.
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.