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Concert Season 2017 – 2018


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Welcome to The Sixteen’s 2017 – 2018 season... …and a packed schedule that will take you right through to the end of 2018 in preparation for our 40th anniversary in 2019. Our hugely rewarding relationships with London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall continue, exploring the music of Monteverdi (celebrating his 450th anniversary at the Wigmore Hall), Purcell, Handel and Bach, showcasing the full versatility of The Sixteen. Our Choral Pilgrimage in 2017 introduces audiences to the contrasting musical worlds of Palestrina and Poulenc, and the pairing of the old and the new is again the focus of our 2018 tour exploring the sacred and secular work of William Cornysh - an early 16th century Gentleman of the Chapel Royal - and Benjamin Britten, undoubtedly one of our country’s greatest composers. I am also delighted that our choir and orchestra tours are now focal points of our season. In November 2017 we revel in Bach followed by a 10-concert tour of Vivaldi’s ever-popular celebratory Gloria in 2018. In October and November 2017 we will be making our first visits to Estonia, Lithuania and China performing music by Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Sir James MacMillan and John Barber. There will also be trips to the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland; and of course our December tours of Christmas music are a must for your festive calendar.

All that remains for me to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. If you are contemplating a donation to us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Any contribution will have an immediate impact upon the scope of our concerts, tours, recordings and outreach, and it would be wonderful to welcome you to The Sixteen family as we approach such an exciting landmark in our history.

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CORO, our recording company, is a very important part of our lives and this year we embark on a series of recordings devoted to the musical genius of Henry Purcell. This series has evolved from our residency at the Wigmore Hall in London where we have had the pleasure of exploring Purcell’s extraordinary music and depicting the wealth of his unique versatility. We have so enjoyed committing Purcell’s genius to disc and hope that you, the listener, get as much enjoyment from it as we did performing it. Volume I will be released this autumn.

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What’s On August 2017 – December 2018 August 2017

22 Music from the Sistine Chapel, Snape Proms

September 2017 6 8 9 19 21 22 23 30

CP2017, London CP2017, Wells CP2017, Tewkesbury CP2017, Rochester CP2017, Southwell CP2017, Liverpool CP2017, Blackburn CP2017, St Albans

October 2017

4 Song of Songs, Beijing 6 CP2017, Hong Kong 7 Song of Songs, Shanghai 8 Song of Songs, Shanghai 19 CP2017, Sheffield 20 CP2017, Durham 21 CP2017, Edinburgh 24 Monteverdi Selva morale e spirituale, London 26 CP2017, Hull 27 CP2017, Coventry 28 CP2017, Peterborough

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November 2017 2 4 12 14 17 24 25 29 30

MacMillan Miserere, Vilnius MacMillan Miserere, Tallinn Poetry in Music, Marlborough The Queen of Heaven, London Bach Magnificat, Manchester The Queen of Heaven, Grayshott CP2017, Chelmsford Et exultavit spiritum meum, Bruges Et exultavit spiritum meum, Antwerp

December 2017

8 The Sixteen at Christmas, Gateshead 9 The Sixteen at Christmas, London 10 The Sixteen at Christmas, Glyndebourne 11 The Sixteen at Christmas, Birmingham 15 The Sixteen at Christmas, Oxford 16 The Sixteen at Christmas, Taunton 17 The Sixteen at Christmas, Cardiff 18 The Sixteen at Christmas, London 19 The Sixteen at Christmas, London 21 The Sixteen at Christmas, Reading

January 2018

13 Reincarnations, London 22 Purcell Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II, London

February 2018 1 2 3 7 8 9 10 13

Vivaldi Gloria, Lincoln Vivaldi Gloria, Derby Vivaldi Gloria, Peterborough Vivaldi Gloria, London Vivaldi Gloria, Chichester Vivaldi Gloria, Worcester Vivaldi Gloria, Rochester Vivaldi Gloria, Guildford

April 2018 13 14 20

CP2018, Cambridge CP2018, St Albans CP2018, Winchester

May 2018 9 16 17 18 19 25

CP2018, London CP2018, Hereford CP2018, Llandaff CP2018, Truro CP2018, Exeter CP2018, Oxford


June 2018

7 CP2018, Manchester 14 Jacob Handl and Philippe de Monte, Prague 16 Book of Hours, London 23 Handel Acis & Galatea, London 30 The Queen of Heaven, London

July 2018

3 Edmund Rubbra and James MacMillan, Fribourg 5 CP2018, Carlisle 6 CP2018, Lancaster 7 CP2018, Hull 11 CP2018, York

October 2018 1 3 4 5 6 24 25 26 27

CP2018, London CP2018, Coventry CP2018, Southwell CP2018, Liverpool CP2018, Blackburn CP2018, Peterborough CP2018, Sheffield CP2018, Durham CP2018, Edinburgh

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CP2018, London

Key: CP = The Choral Pilgrimage

August 2018

Dates to be confirmed, The Queen of Heaven, Spain 7 8 11 19

CP2018, Wells CP2018, Tewkesbury CP2018, London CP2018, Northampton

Please check our website regularly as more concerts will be added.

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September 2018

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The Choral Pilgrimage 2017 The OIive Branch

Continuing its tour around the UK, our 2017 Choral Pilgrimage centres around the themes of conflict and atonement. Palestrina’s mass based around the famous L’Homme Armé tune was immensely popular in the 16th century and its warlike nature serves as a timely reminder of the savagery of conflict, something which deeply affected Poulenc. Poulenc’s Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects both the inner feeling of peace generated by Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in France. The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Eamonn Dougan associate conductor (for selected performances) Poulenc Salve Regina Palestrina ‘Surge amica mea’ and ‘Surgam et circuibo civitatem’ from Song of Songs Palestrina Parce mihi, Domine Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence Palestrina Peccantem me quotidie Palestrina ‘Kyrie’, ‘Gloria’ and ‘Credo’ from Missa L’Homme Armé Poulenc Un soir de neige Palestrina Salve Regina Poulenc ‘Agnus Dei’ from Mass in G Dates for all Choral Pilgrimage 2017 concerts can be found in the diary listings on page 4.

Choral Workshops 2017 Details of our autumn workshops can be found at www.thesixteen.com 6

‘Even by his own high standards, this is particularly brilliant programming from The Sixteen conductor Harry Christophers’ The Telegraph


The Choral Pilgrimage 2018 Sacred and Profane

William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific writers of both sacred and secular music. Cornysh was a court musician who excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church, as well as beautiful secular songs for the courts of King Henry VII and Henry VIII. Britten is celebrated for his ability to expertly mix sacred and secular in order to showcase the voice in all its multifaceted glory. A perfect example of this is his Sacred and Profane, where he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular. The final song ‘A death’ is a wicked blend of horror and gallows humour far removed from the melancholic canon Ah Robin, gentle Robin by Cornysh. The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Eamonn Dougan associate conductor (for selected performances) Britten Hymn to the Virgin Cornysh My love she mourneth Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia Cornysh Salve Regina Britten Advance Democracy Cornysh Ave Maria, Mater Dei Cornysh Woefully array’d Cornysh Ah Robin, gentle Robin Britten Sacred and Profane Dates of all Choral Pilgrimage 2018 concerts can be found in the diary listings on pages 4 & 5. Mailing list members will receive further information about the 2018 tour and accompanying choral workshops in winter 2017 (current dates and venues subject to change). 7


The Sixteen at Christmas Our 2017 Christmas programme features a beautifully festive collection of music from the 16th century right up to the present day. We continue our exploration of Poulenc’s work with his joyful Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, an uplifting celebration of the events of the Christmas story, and revisit his solemn and reflective Un soir de neige, one of the highlights of our 2017 Choral Pilgrimage. If you are a fan of the more traditional the programme has plenty to offer including such delights as Howells’s A Spotless Rose, and old favourites Somerset Carol and Past three o clock. The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

Glory to the Christ Child

‘Festive wonder, colour and pianissimo chill’ The Guardian ★★★★ 8

Alan Bullard Glory to the Christ Child John Joubert There is no rose Traditional Old Basque I saw a maiden John Rutter There is a flower Traditional Christmas Eve Costeley Allons, gay bergères Lassus La nuit froide et sombre Traditional French (arr. Kitson) Quelle est cette odeur Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël Maconchy There is no rose Traditional Old Basque The Infant King Howells A Spotless Rose Traditional Somerset Carol Poulenc Un soir de neige Traditional Past three o clock Palestrina O magnum mysterium, Quem vidistis, pastores? Videntes stellam, Hodie Christus natus est Bob Chilcott Pilgrim Jesus


8 December 2017, 7.30pm Sage, Gateshead

11 December 2017, 7.30pm Symphony Hall, Birmingham

17 December 2017, 3pm St David’s Hall, Cardiff

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9 December 2017, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Battersea, London

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15 December 2017, 7.45pm St John the Evangelist, Oxford

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10 December 2017, 3pm Glyndebourne, East Sussex

16 December 2017, 7.30pm St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton

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18 & 19 December 2017, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London Exclusive Box Office: www.cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500 Tickets: £16 - £45 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction On sale: 25 July 2017

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21 December 2017, 7.30pm Concert Hall, Reading

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Vivaldi Gloria The centrepiece of this season’s choir and orchestra tour is Vivaldi’s Gloria – one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms gives it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi’s work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly.

The Sixteen choir & orchestra Harry Christophers conductor Vivaldi Sinfonia from La Dorilla RV 709 Bach Mass in G major BWV 236 Handel Overture from Esther (1st version) Vivaldi Gloria in D major RV 589

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Tour dates and venues 1 February 2018, 7.30pm Lincoln Cathedral

8 February 2018, 7.30pm Chichester Cathedral

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2 February 2018, 7.30pm Derby Cathedral

9 February 2018, 7.30pm Worcester Cathedral

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3 February 2018, 7.30pm Peterborough Cathedral

10 February 2018, 7.30pm Rochester Cathedral

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7 February 2018, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London

13 February 2018, 7.30pm Guildford Cathedral

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Tickets for all concerts (except Cadogan Hall) can be booked through our National Box Office at tickets.ncem.co.uk / 01904 651485. Booking fees apply.

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UK Performances and Residencies

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22 August 2017, 7.30pm Music for the Sistine Chapel Snape Maltings, Snape

24 October 2017, 7.30pm Selva morale e spirituale Wigmore Hall, London

12 November 2017, 7.30pm Poetry in Music Marlborough College Chapel

Allegri’s Miserere has echoed down the ages as a high point of Renaissance sacred choral music. This concert presents a new version of this iconic work and builds around it a sequence of other music and composers from the Papal court that have remained too long in its shadow.

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth, a small group of Sixteen singers and instrumentalists continue their exploration of the composer’s Selva morale e spirituale, opening with a dramatic setting of Psalm 112, Beatus vir, and including the joyful double-choir polyphony of Dixit Dominus.

Explore the intimate relationship between poetry and music in a programme of a cappella English works from across the centuries. Enjoy powerful settings of works by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W. H. Auden.

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Plainsong Decora lux aeternitatis auream Allegri ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Che fa oggi il mio sole Palestrina ‘Gloria’ from Missa Papae Marcelli Allegri Miserere (evolution) Anerio Magnificat a8 Marenzio Che fa oggi il mio sole Allegri ‘Sanctus’ and ‘Benedictus’ from Missa Che fa oggi il mio sole Anerio Ave Regina caelorum a8 Anerio Stabat Mater a12 Allegri Christus resurgens ex mortuis Plainsong Assumpta est Maria (antiphon for 2nd Vespers) Palestrina Assumpta est Maria Exclusive Box Office: www.snapemaltings.co.uk / 01728 687110 Tickets: £6.50 - £30 SOLD OUT

Wigmore Hall 2017 / 2018 Residency The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Monteverdi Beatus vir (Primo) O ciechi, il tanto affaticar che giova? Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Primo) Salve Regina (Terzo) Gloria a7 Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Terzo) Salve Regina (Secondo) Laudate pueri (Primo) Chi vol che m’innamori Dixit Dominus (Secondo) a8 Exclusive Box Office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £15 - £50 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction

The Sixteen Eamonn Dougan conductor Harris Faire is the heaven James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver Rubbra There is a spirit Weekles When David heard Tippett Dance, clarion air Britten The Evening Primrose Jonathan Dove Into thy hands Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia Pearsall Lay a Garland Rubbra Eternitie East When David heard Harris Bring us, O Lord God Britten The Succession of the Four Sweet Months Finzi My spirit sang all day Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing Exclusive Box Office: www.marlboroughconcertseries.org / 01672 892566 Tickets: £20 13


14 November 2017, 7pm The Queen of Heaven Temple Church, London

17 November 2017, 7.30pm Bach Magnificat The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Sixteen’s much-loved The Queen of Heaven programme focuses on three composers’ unique devotion to the church. A new version of Allegri’s renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan’s own setting of the text and pieces by ‘The Prince of Polyphony’, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers, the splendour and jubilation of Bach’s Magnificat anticipates the great choruses of his later Mass in B minor. Performed alongside this masterpiece will be a selection of Bach’s cantatas and his ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No 3.

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The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

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Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution) James MacMillan Videns Dominus Palestrina Stabat Mater a8 Lotti Crucifixus a8 Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi James MacMillan O radiant dawn Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae James MacMillan Miserere Palestrina Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina caeli Exclusive Box Office: www.templemusic.org / 020 7427 5641 Tickets: £15 – £45

Associate Artists at The Bridgewater Hall The Sixteen choir & orchestra Harry Christophers conductor J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Singet dem Herrn Gloria in excelsis Deo Cantata BWV 191 Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 156 Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring) from Cantata BWV 147 Sinfonia from part 2 of Cantata BWV 75 Magnificat in D Exclusive Box Office: www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk / 0161 907 9000 Tickets: £17 – £42 Booking fee: £2 charge per ticket


24 November 2017, 7.30pm The Queen of Heaven St Luke’s Church, Grayshott

13 January 2018, 7.30pm Reincarnations Kings Place, London

See page 14 for concert description.

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen create a chamber of echoes in this fascinating sequence on ‘time past’. Music by Monteverdi and the great Iberian composers Guerrero and Victoria will be interleaved with the Dante-inspired poetry of Seamus Heaney.

Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution) James MacMillan Videns Dominus Palestrina Stabat Mater a8 Lotti Crucifixus a8 Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi James MacMillan O radiant dawn Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae James MacMillan Miserere Palestrina Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina caeli Exclusive Box Office: www.grayshottconcerts.co.uk Tickets: £25 – £30 On sale: 2 October 2017

Part of Kings Place Time Unwrapped Kings Place Artistic Associates The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include: Monteverdi Missa In illo tempore Gombert In illo tempore Settings of the Song of Songs by Victoria and Guerrero Seamus Heaney Selections from Station Island Exclusive Box Office: www.kingsplace.co.uk/thesixteen / 020 7520 1490 Tickets: £19.40 – £49.50 Booking fee: £2 charge per ticket for telephone booking

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22 January 2018, 7.30pm Purcell Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II Wigmore Hall, London Between 1680 and 1695, Henry Purcell composed a series of Welcome Songs and Odes for the celebration of royal occasions. This programme, showcasing the variety and diversity of Purcell, a composer who only just made it into his 30s, will feature a small consort of singers and instrumentalists. Wigmore Hall 2017-2018 Residency The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Purcell Rejoice in the Lord alway Close thine eyes and sleep secure Blow, Boreas, blow O all ye people, clap your hands Come my hearts Welcome Song 1682 ‘What shall be done in behalf of the man’ Overture in D minor Let each gallant heart She loves and confesses too Retir’d from any mortal’s sight O praise the Lord, all ye heathen Welcome Song 1684 ‘From those serene and rapturous joys’ 16

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16 June 2018, 7pm Book of Hours Kings Place, London Through works by Spanish, Italian, Flemish and English composers, The Sixteen reveals how ancient monastic tone texts formed the basis of polyphonic creations, from the sensuous settings of Victoria and the ground-breaking writing of Palestrina to the Catholic Byrd’s intricate, contrapuntal style, culminating in Anerio’s eight-part Magnificat. Part of Kings Place Time Unwrapped Kings Place Artistic Associates

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Victoria Salve Regina a5 Sheppard In manus tuas II Byrd Oculi omnium in te sperant, Domine Palestrina Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum Lassus Lauda Jerusalem Dominum Byrd O lux beata trinitas Sheppard Libera nos I and II Plainsong Salve Regina Victoria Salve Regina a8 Sheppard In manus tuas I Byrd Miserere mei Sheppard In pace Lassus Lauda anima mea Dominum Sheppard In manus tuas III Plainsong Suscepit Deus Anerio Magnificat a8 Exclusive Box Office: www.kingsplace.co.uk/thesixteen / 020 7520 1490 Tickets: £19.40 - £49.50 Booking fee: £2 charge per ticket for telephone booking


23 June 2018, 7.30pm Handel Acis & Galatea Wigmore Hall, London

30 June 2018, 8pm The Queen of Heaven St George’s Church, Beckenham

Handel’s pastoral opera is a tale of tragedy, eternal love and liberation, telling the story of the mortal Acis, the goddess Galatea and their love doomed by the cyclops Polyphemus. Harry Christophers will stay true to the opera’s premiere performance in 1718, using a small group of five singers and nine instrumentalists.

See page 14 for concert description.

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Grace Davidson Galatea Mark Dobell Damon Jeremy Budd Acis Simon Berridge Coridon Stuart Young Polyphemus Concert performance Exclusive Box Office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £15 – £50 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: 6 February 2018

Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution) James MacMillan Videns Dominus Palestrina Stabat Mater a8 Lotti Crucifixus a8 Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi James MacMillan O radiant dawn Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae James MacMillan Miserere Palestrina Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina caeli Exclusive Box Office: www.stgeorgearts.co.uk Tickets: £20 – £35 On sale: January 2018

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Wigmore Hall 2017 – 2018 Residency

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International Performances

The Sixteen continues to expand its international programme with performances at some of the world’s major concert halls and festivals.

October 2017

China Performances in Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong The Choral Pilgrimage 2017 programme receives its first international performance.

November 2017

Lithuania and Estonia A programme of music by contemporary composers including James MacMillan and Arvo Pärt in Vilnius and Tallinn. This tour is sponsored by Rothschild & Co. Belgium Eamonn Dougan conducts works by Victoria, Guerrero and Stanford.

June 2018

Prague Music by Jacob Handl and Philippe de Monte. Switzerland The Sixteen’s debut performance at the Fribourg International Festival of Sacred Music.

‘I regard Harry Christophers’ choir as one of the great choirs of the world and their standards of vocal brilliance and blend are unsurpassed’ Sir James MacMillan 18

July 2018

Spain Performances of The Queen of Heaven. For further details about our international programme visit www.thesixteen.com


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Forthcoming Releases

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Purcell Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Purcell’s Welcome Songs fizz with the dramatic energy which characterised his later operas. This programme showcases the variety and diversity of Purcell’s writing, opening with the Chacony in G minor and including ‘When on my sick bed I languish’. This is Purcell at his best!

Palestrina Volume 7

September 2017 Release COR16155 Palestrina is perhaps the most famous of all Renaissance composers, certainly by name. By the time of his death his reputation outshone all others. The seventh volume in The Sixteen’s celebrated series focuses on some of the pivotal women in Christian history.

Marcin Mielczewski October 2017 Release COR16153

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The fifth volume in this highly acclaimed series celebrates the music of Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski. Mielczewski was a leader among his contemporaries and a prolific composer with a keen awareness of the expressive possibilities available through music.


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In Concert this Season

Francis Poulenc

The Queen of Heaven COR16118

Vivaldi Gloria COR16163

MacMillan Miserere COR16096

Edmund Rubbra COR16144

COR16149

‘As discs of Poulenc’s choral music go, this is about as good as it gets. Drama, solemnity and sheer joy: all are present in spades.’ theartsdesk.com

James MacMillan Stabat mater COR16150

‘Suffering meets rapture in this new choral masterpiece.’ The Times Gramophone Recording of the Month, May 2017

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Genesis Sixteen

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This is the UK’s first fully funded programme of its kind and a number of alumni from the first six years have gone on to enjoy much success since graduating. This year, in addition to welcoming ‘echo’ - a new ensemble formed by Genesis Sixteen alumni, we saw James Newby becoming 2017 Jerwood Young Artist, James Way winning the Second Prize at The Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Samuel Carl singing at the finals of the Guildhall School’s Gold Medal competition, and two alumni ensembles releasing their debut albums. Applications for the 2018 -2019 group open in November 2017. Full details can be found on our website.

Genesis Sixteen’s forthcoming public performances include: 31 August 2017, 5pm Evensong, Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford 2 September 2017, 1.15pm Concert, Magdalen College Auditorium, Oxford 30 September 2017, 4.45pm Alumni performance, Cumnock Tryst Festival

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Now entering its seventh year, Genesis Sixteen is a unique free training opportunity for talented young ensemble singers hoping to progress from student to professional. During the year-long scheme singers receive group tuition from conductor Harry Christophers CBE and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, individual mentoring from members of The Sixteen and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. The programme now includes a Conducting Scholarship, supporting graduate conductors in the early stages of their careers. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.


Supporting The Sixteen

The Sixteen is a peerless choir and orchestra committed to preserving and championing our choral heritage through performance, from the Renaissance to new commissions, to as wide and diverse an audience as possible. By touring, recording and through outreach we aim to develop and engage new audiences, break ground with new commissions and partnerships and create a global following. As we head towards our

40th anniversary in 2019, we have never been more reliant on the generosity of our supporters. At this pivotal point in our history, we are looking to expand The Sixteen family in order to realise our ambitious concert, recording and outreach plans. We have created a 40th Anniversary Ambassadors group for those major donors who are supporting us towards our 40th birthday. 23

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About The Sixteen


Education and Outreach The Sixteen undertakes an extensive touring and education programme each year. An integral part of our mission is to promote and advance public awareness of the repertoire we perform whilst also harnessing the power of music to engage, inspire and transform musical education. A particular area of interest which is close to Harry and the ensemble’s heart is young people who may not have had access to music in school and are in culturally underserved areas where arts provision is low. In addition, The Sixteen believes in uniting all communities through the mutual appreciation of music. Over many years, 24

we have witnessed its power to promote wellbeing, uplift and transcend boundaries of language or creed. Through an extensive programme of masterclasses, chorister workshops and school matinees, we extol the virtues of listening and performing as part of a group in an engaging and accessible way. If you are considering supporting The Sixteen’s Education and Outreach Programme or would like to hear more about our workshops please contact the development team whose details are on page 25. We are indebted to Michael Watt of Ronnie Scott’s for his support of The Sixteen’s Education and Outreach Programme.


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• Priority booking for own-promoted concerts • A complimentary copy of the annual Choral Pilgrimage programme • Regular updates on upcoming tours, CDs and activities

• Priority booking for own-promoted concerts • A complimentary copy of the annual Choral Pilgrimage programme • Regular updates on upcoming tours, CDs and activities

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The Sixteen’s 2017-2018 season would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners, corporate sponsors and major donors: 40th Anniversary Ambassadors Michael Watt of Ronnie Scott’s Mark & Liza Loveday David Barnett Simon Haslam George & Kirsty Anson Timothy & Damaris Sanderson Major Benefactors Arts Council England The Band Trust Dunard Fund Ernest Cook Trust Timothy Fok Foyle Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation Genesis Foundation Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett KB John Coates Charitable Foundation John Armitage Charitable Trust Instytut Adam Mickiewicza Northern Design Collective Sally & Michael Payton The Polish Cultural Institute in London Quadrant Chambers Rothschild & Co Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement John Studzinski CBE Adrian Yardley Dr Ron Zimmern

The Sixteen Club George & Kirsty Anson Nicholas & Jane Ferguson Simon Haslam Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett KB Mark & Liza Loveday Luke Parsons Lionel Persey Hugh Priestley Timothy & Damaris Sanderson Sir Martin & Lady Smith Handel Circle Graham Brown Matthew Carrington Michel Kallipetis QC Colin Passmore Nicholas & Lesley Pryor David & Hilmary Quarmby Christopher Stewart Lady Juliet & Dr Christopher Tadgell

Eileen & Ken Vose Tony & Jo Willoughby Purcell Circle Emma Ager & Damon Brash Robin Barda Bath Stone Group Mary Deissler Robert Gray Peter Haydon & Emma Davidson Lady Heseltine Fiona & Christopher Hodges Miss Sheila McCormack Elizabeth Mitchell Peter Parker Bernard & Sarah Taylor

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Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE

Chief Executive Marie-Sophie Willis

Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan

Board of Trustees Robin Barda Chairman Sir Michael Briggs Harry Christophers CBE Mary Deissler Claire Long Keith Parker

Richard Price Adam Singer Anthony Smith CBE Lord Chris Smith

Front cover image: © Philippa Gedge Back cover image: © Simon Jay Price Design: Steam

Season Patron Marquess of Salisbury

The Sixteen 2017 -2018 Season brochure  
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