News 2012

 

November 2012 – Philips: Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus (1613) - pre-release copies of the Choir's latest disc under the Hyperion Record lable are available to purchase.

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This new recording features the 8-part motets of Peter Philips (1560/1-1628) and will officially be released on February 25th 2013, 400 years since the music was first published in Antwerp. Many of these stunning motets have never been recorded before.
The choir are joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in an attempt to recreate authentic sounds from the early 17th century. Although an Englishman, Philips lived in Brussels in exile because of his Catholic faith and, following a period of study in Italy, his compositions took on a distinctly southern European style.
For this recording all new editions were prepared by former Royal Holloway Director of Chapel Music, Prof. Lionel Pike.

  Philips Cantiones sacrae

19th March 2012 – Tickets go on sale for the choir's next collaboration with Acoustic Triangle.

The Choir of Royal Holloway and Acoustic Triangle, a choir and an improvising jazz trio, are not likely candidates for an ensemble partnership. However, in recent years the two critically acclaimed groups have joined forces to create exciting new programmes melding traditional choral sounds and contemporary jazz. From new compositions by the trio's leader, Tim Garland, to re-workings of Allegri's classic Miserere mei the two have performed to audiences all over England and are excited to appear on stage together once more at St George's, Bristol on 5th May. This concert will look ahead to their appearance at the Swaledale Festival later in the month, where they will premiere a new commission by Richard Rodney Bennett – another musician who is no stranger to mixing the classical and jazz forms.

To book your tickets to the Choir of Royal Holloway with Acoustic Triangle - 7.30pm, 5th May, St George's Bristol please visit the St George's Bristol website.

Read more about Acoustic Triangle (Tim Garland – saxophones, Malcolm Creese – double bass, Gwilym Simcock – piano) on their website.

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  19th March 2012 – Tickets go on sale for the choir’s next collaboration with Acoustic Triangle

27th February 2012 – 'Endless Border: Choral works by Bo Hansson' is released for public sale by Hyperion Records.

The choir's most recent disc, entitled 'Endless Border', is now on sale to the general public. Recorded in Douai Abbey, nr Reading, in January 2011, this disc focuses on the output of Swedish composer, Bo Hansson. This is what Hyperion Records say about the disc:

"The Swede Bo Hansson is a man of many talents: a guitarist, and a composer of a wide range of music in folk and jazz idioms. Choral music might be a relatively recent departure for him but its roots run deep, back to the days of his childhood when he sang as a treble in his local choir. He has observed that 'the human voice is the closest you can come to your soul' and in that search he writes music that demands much of its performers in its sustained intensity of sound, a penchant for a cappella and a fresh way with word-setting even in the most established of texts, as in the darting energy of the Gloria from the Missa brevis.

Rupert Gough and his Royal Holloway Choir are no strangers to Hyperion, having previously made waves in music by Baltic composers Miškinis and Dubra. Here's yet another sign that he's one of the most exciting choral conductors of his generation."

Listen to samples of the disc here, and buy your copy here.

  27th February 2012 – 'Endless Border: Choral works by Bo Hansson' is released for public sale by Hyperion Records.

14th February 2012 – The choir broadcasts BBC Radio 3 Evensong from St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.

Catch the choir live in our living room, kitchen or car, on BBC Radio 3 as they broadcast the service of Choral Evensong live on Wednesday 15th February. In a musical programme to include Pärt's canticles, and anthems by Vytautas Miskinis and Bo Hansson, the choir is set to show off their specialty of Baltic and European music in the very church that they recorded their recent discs of Baltic music.

Unfortunately this service is unavailable to listen again. Listen to samples of the motets performed here.

  14th February 2012 – The choir broadcasts BBC Radio 3 Evensong from St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.

12th January 2012 – The choir enjoys a week working with Hyperion and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

Our next disc to be released on the Hyperion Records label will be of Peter Philips' 8-part motets. The choir spent an enjoyable week recording the disc in early January at St Alban the Martyr in Holborn. Our choral scholars were very lucky to work with the distinguished early musicians of the ECSE, experiencing performing in quarter comma mean tone and taking their guidance in matters of phrasing and interpretation. Look out for the disc later this year!

  12th January 2012 – The choir enjoys a week working with Hyperion and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble