Recording Asprilio Pacelli's Dum esset rex
Our recording sessions for the second of our Polish repertoire CDs finished at lunchtime in St Alban’s Church in Holborn. Asprilio Pacelli’s 20-part piece Dum esset rex is a great discovery. Watch out for the CD and download release next year!
Benjamin Britten on Aldeburgh Beach in 1959 (photo: Hans Wild courtesy of www.britten100.org)
Today is the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, one of England’s most significant composers of the 20th century. Concerts are being held all over the world today to mark this anniversary: for example, 100,000 young people across the world will sing Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons today (the Koreans will have finished as I write!).
We are pleased to be singing some of Britten’s finest choral music tonight in London at the Union Chapel, as part of the Barbican’s tribute. Harry has crafted a brilliant programme, including Hymn to the Virgin, Shepherd’s Carol, New Year Carol, Hymn to Saint Cecilia, Five Flower Songs, Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, and Sacred and Profane. Full details are here (only a few tickets remaining).
Union Chapel is just the kind of slightly left-of-field building Britten would have appreciated as a setting for his music: a working church, but also an award-winning concert venue and centre for the homeless.
DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Launched in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for support towards the help needed in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, we have made one of most popular Christmas pieces available as a digital download: £2.20 will be donated to the DEC for every download purchased.
More information and a direct link to our digital download site are here. See Amid the Winter’s Snow is available in four formats: MP3, AAC, ALAC and FLAC.
There is a great love of choral music in the Philippines. We know many excellent choirs and singers who follow The Sixteen, and I’ve already heard back from some of our fans there, thanking us. We realise this is but a small gesture to help: we hope it is one you can support, wherever you are in the world!
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Education and outreach at The Sixteen
Our education and outreach programme has been growing steadily over the last couple of years, and today marks another major step forward, with the launch of our new education website. Our education activity is multifarious, and is – in many ways – difficult to describe. The new website encapsulates brilliantly everything we are doing, working with people from age zero (literally: see the Musical Rumpus project with Spitalfields Music) to 100+ (see our Choral Workshops). There is too much to absorb, I guess, in a single visit, but don’t miss the video of one of our Genesis Sixteen ensembles singing Ramsey’s When David Heard or the amazing recording of St Elizabeth’s School in Tower Hamlets singing at the Wigmore Hall.
For further information about our education programme, contact Sarah Rennix: email@example.com.
Recording sessions at St Alban's Holborn in London
It seems just days since the 2013 Choral Pilgrimage tour finished (it is just days!). But already we have the recording for next year’s Pilgrimage ‘in the can’. The last session took place this morning. The singers then moved across town (and across the river) to start rehearsing this afternoon for our Handel Jephtha project: concerts in Bath on Saturday (tickets available here) and at the Barbican on 14 January (tickets available here).
Our next London concert is on Monday: music by Byrd, Tallis and Sheppard at Temple Church. There are a few £40 tickets left: check here for availability.
Then to Manchester for another concert as part of our residency at The Bridgewater Hall, with music by Britten and Purcell. Tickets are available here. There is a pre-concert event which includes a performance by this year’s Genesis Sixteen choir.