An introduction to Genesis Sixteen

"Genesis Sixteen has become an integral part of what The Sixteen does and the quality of young singers remains incredibly high.  We want to recruit from the widest possible geographical and social backgrounds to help secure a vibrant future for choral singing in this country.  We are, as always, indebted to The Genesis Foundation for…

A Documentary and a lecture

I wrote about the documentary Angelic Voices : The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral back in July 2013 unfortunately the video was taken down from YouTube however it’s just recently been uploaded to Collegium Regale’s channel if you haven’t seen it before – and it’s well worth watching, now’s your chance. The second video for this…

BBC Documentary – Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music. It has been recorded hundreds of times and contains a tune that is as instantly recognisable as any in music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention – or how it helped save…

Alessandro Grandi 1630 Vespers: Lecture and musical examples, Jeffrey Kurtzman (Voices of Music)

Jeffrey Kurtzman’s full lecture, complete with HD video musical examples, from the Voices of Music Venetian Vespers concert, December, 2013. Jeffrey Kurtzman earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research, supported by fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, ACLS, DAAD, Rice University, Washington University, the University of…

Documentary: God’s Composer Tomás Luis Victoria

One of the series of "Sacred Music" documentaries with Simon Beale shown on the BBC. This one explores the life and music Tomás Luis de Victoria. One of the greatest choral composers of the Renaissance, Victoria devoted his life to the church and his music is profoundly spiritual. Interwoven with Victoria’s music, this documentary follows…