The Sixteen 2020 Concert Season Brochure

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Concert Season


Welcome to our 2020 Season

We do have another anniversary to celebrate though: 20 years of the Choral Pilgrimage! We have travelled the length and breadth of the UK over those years, performing in the most beautiful and acoustically rewarding venues, but more importantly meeting inspirational communities, many now-familiar faces and many new, both young and old, from diverse cultures and faiths. The music we bring to our glorious cathedrals and abbeys, imbued with fascinating history, is exquisite. Our 2020 programme will focus on Rome and in particular the Sistine Chapel. All four composers featured had, at some time in their career, an association with this unique chapel, none more so than Gregorio Allegri whose Miserere is regarded by many as the most famous piece of sacred music ever written. We will be showcasing the depth of talent we have in The Sixteen in Handel’s pastoral, Acis and Galatea. It is youthful in every respect - with a grace, a charm, and an innocence about so much of the writing; it is only the giant Polyphemus who brings terror to the proceedings. I have stayed true to Handel’s original performance, 2

where he had at his disposal only five singers and nine instrumentalists. Accordingly, we have chosen more intimate venues, like St Mary’s Church, Warwick, and Derby Cathedral, to present this charming work.

‘ It takes a lot to stay at the head of the choral pack for as long as Harry Christophers and The Sixteen’ The Arts Desk

Our long-term relationships with London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall continue to bear fruit, as we explore music by Byrd and Dowland, centred around Byrd’s 1611 collection of Songs and Sonnets and Dowland’s A Pilgrim’s Solace, and continue our critically acclaimed cycle devoted to the genius of Henry Purcell. As part of Nature Unwrapped at Kings Place, our programme, entitled The Earth Resounds, focuses on Brumel’s extraordinary ‘Earthquake Mass’ and Lassus’ gorgeously evocative 10-part setting of Aurora lucis rutilat. We close the year with our customary Christmas tour; this is a programme for everyone with traditional carols such as The truth from above performed alongside Byrd’s lively Laetentur caeli, Arnold Bax’s massively sonorous Mater ora filium and Will Todd’s peacefully evocative My Lord has come. 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 making a donation to us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Any contribution

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Welcome to The Sixteen’s 2020 season. How can we possibly better the amazing achievements and packed schedule of last year’s 40th anniversary? Well, we can’t: but what we will be doing is building on the wonderful opportunities and fabulous audiences that 2019 brought.

will have an immediate impact upon the scope of our concerts, tours, recordings and outreach work, and it would be wonderful to welcome you to The Sixteen family.


What’s on | January - December 2020 FEBRUARY



Handel Acis & Galatea, London



Handel Acis & Galatea, Chichester



Handel Acis & Galatea, Derby


Handel Acis & Galatea, Warwick


Scarlatti Stabat mater, Bath



A Pilgrim’s Solace, London



The Choral Pilgrimage, Rochester


The Choral Pilgrimage, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, Oxford


The Choral Pilgrimage, Cambridge



The Choral Pilgrimage, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, Wells


The Choral Pilgrimage, Bury St Edmunds


The Choral Pilgrimage, Tewkesbury


The Choral Pilgrimage, Southwell


The Choral Pilgrimage, Liverpool


The Choral Pilgrimage, Blackburn

The Choral Pilgrimage, Llandaff


The Earth Resounds, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, Truro


The Choral Pilgrimage, Croydon


The Choral Pilgrimage, Exeter


Handel Chandos Anthems, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, St Albans


The Choicest Music of the Kingdom, London




The Choral Pilgrimage, Snape Maltings


The Choral Pilgrimage, Winchester

The Choral Pilgrimage, Douai Abbey

An Immortal Legacy, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, London


The Choral Pilgrimage, York

The Choral Pilgrimage, Manchester


The Sixteen at Christmas, Cardiff

15 - 16 The Sixteen at Christmas, London 17

The Sixteen at Christmas, Oxford


The Choral Pilgrimage, Peterborough

Further dates will continue to be added to our calendar throughout 2020. Please sign up to our mailing list and check our website for the latest updates.


The Choral Pilgrimage, Lancaster

Current dates and locations subject to change


The Choral Pilgrimage, Carlisle


The Choral Pilgrimage, Durham


The Choral Pilgrimage, Edinburgh


The Queen of Heaven, St Andrews


Welcome Song and Coronation Music for King James II, London




Handel Acis & Galatea Handel’s pastoral opera is a tale of love, tragedy and liberation, with the eternal love between mortal shepherd Acis and goddess Galatea doomed by the jealous cyclops Polyphemus. Staying true to the premiere in 1718, we will use a small selection of singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen in this intimate concert performance.

Selected instrumentalists from the Orchestra of The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Grace Davidson Galatea Jeremy Budd Acis Mark Dobell Damon Simon Berridge Coridon Stuart Young Polyphemus Concert performance featuring five singers and nine instrumentalists

Tour dates and locations


Exclusive box office: / 020 7730 4500

Tickets for all performances of Acis & Galatea (unless otherwise stated in the listings) can be booked through our website at or by phone on 0333 010 2850.

Tickets: £16 - 45 Booking fee £3 charge per transaction

Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

11 February 2020, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London 

12 February 2020, 7.30pm Chichester Cathedral  Tickets: £15 - 30

‘ Christophers uses stylish Handelians and “consort” singers who blend to perfection in this intimate “chamber” performance.’ The Sunday Times

Key: 6

Reserved seating (excluding side aisles) 

14 February 2020, 7.30pm Derby Cathedral  Tickets: £15 - 28

15 February 2020, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Warwick  Tickets: £15 - 30

The accompanying tour CD is on sale and will be available to purchase at all Acis & Galatea concerts. 7

The Choral Pilgrimage 2020: The Call of Rome

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Eamonn Dougan associate conductor (for selected performances)

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of our annual Choral Pilgrimage tour. Since 2000 we have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, discovering some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and building relationships with wonderful communities, many of which we return to year after year.


This year’s tour focuses on Rome, a city which has inspired countless pilgrimages, and where each of the four composers in this year’s programme created some of their finest work.

Victoria Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday 1 - 6

Plainsong De Lamentatione

Josquin Pater noster / Ave Maria F. Anerio Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae Josquin Gaude virgo Mater Christi Allegri ‘Gloria’ from Missa In lectulo meo Josquin Illibata Dei Virgo nutrix Allegri Miserere (evolution version) F. Anerio Regina caeli laetare a8 Victoria Salve Regina a8

Tour dates and locations 19 March 2020, 7.30pm Rochester Cathedral  Tickets: £15 - 30

20 March 2020, 7.30pm Kings Place, London  Exclusive box office: / 020 7520 1490 Tickets: £24.50 - 44.50 On sale: 20 September 2020

21 March 2020, 8pm Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford  Tickets: £15 - 35

25 March 2020, 7.30pm St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge  Tickets: £15 - 32

11 April 2020, Time to be confirmed Snape Maltings Exclusive box office: 01728 687110 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: 3 December 2019

17 April 2020, 7.30pm To be confirmed

Winchester Cathedral  Tickets: £12 - 30

6 May 2020, 7.30pm Old Royal Naval College Chapel, London  Tickets: £18 - 40

18 May 2020, 7.30pm St Edmundsbury Cathedral Exclusive box office: 01284 758000 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: 24 February 2020

The accompanying tour CD featuring all the music from The Choral Pilgrimage 2020 will be released on 28 February 2020. 8


Tour dates and locations 22 May 2020, 7.30pm Douai Abbey Exclusive box office: 0845 5218218 Tickets: £27 - 32 On sale: 27 February 2020

4 June 2020, 7.30pm Llandaff Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 25

5 June 2020, 7.30pm Truro Cathedral  Tickets: £10 - 30

6 June 2020, 7.30pm Exeter Cathedral  Tickets: £12 - 30

13 June 2020, 7.30pm St Albans Cathedral  Tickets: £12 - 30

Tour dates and locations

6 July 2020, 7.30pm To be confirmed

St James’s Church, Spanish Place, London Tickets: £10 - 25

7 July 2020, 7.30pm York Minster  Exclusive box office: / 01904 658338 Tickets: £18 - 30 On sale: 2 March 2020

4 September 2020, 7.30pm Wells Cathedral  Tickets: £15 - 30

5 September 2020, 3pm Tewkesbury Abbey  Tickets: £15 - 30

17 September 2020, 7.30pm Southwell Minster 

14 October 2020, 7.30pm Lancaster Priory 

Tickets: £12 - 30

18 September 2020, 7.30pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Tickets: £16

19 September 2020, 3pm Blackburn Cathedral  Tickets: £10 - 25

28 September 2020, 7.30pm Croydon Minster

Tickets: £5 - 25

15 October 2020, 7.30pm Carlisle Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 25

16 October 2020, 7.30pm Durham Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 27

17 October 2020, 7.30pm Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Tickets: £15 - 26

Tickets: £10 - 20

6 November 2020, 7.30pm The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester  Exclusive box office: / 0161 907 9000 Tickets: £16.45 - 38 On sale: May 2020

BOOK NOW Tickets for all Choral Pilgrimage concerts (unless otherwise stated in the listings) can be booked online at or by phone on 0333 010 2850. Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

3 October 2020, 7.30pm Peterborough Cathedral 


Tickets: £15 - 30


Reserved seating (excluding side aisles)   Local box office also available.

Get £5 off when you buy a Choral Pilgrimage concert ticket and a ticket to the corresponding Choral Pilgrimage Choral Workshop in the same transaction. Please see our website for details.

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The Sixteen at Christmas: The Truth from Above Mixing enduring Renaissance masterpieces with traditional favourites has always been the hallmark of our popular Christmas tour. From the atmospheric opening bars of traditional carol The truth from above to the calming serenity of Victoria’s Salve Regina, this is a sublime festive programme.

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme: Plainsong Creator alme siderum Victoria Salve Regina a5 Traditional The truth from above Will Todd My Lord has come

Tour dates and locations 6 December 2020, 3pm St David’s Hall, Cardiff Exclusive box office: / 029 2087 8444 Tickets: To be confirmed Booking fee: £2.95 charge per transaction On sale: June 2020

17 December 2020, 7.45pm St John the Evangelist, Oxford Exclusive box office: / 01865 305 305 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: June 2020

Palestrina Rorate caeli Howard Skempton Adam lay ybounden Byrd Rorate caeli Traditional Gabriel’s message Bax Mater ora filium Plainsong Veni, veni Emmanuel Jonathan Dove I am the day

15 & 16 December 2020, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London Exclusive box office: / 020 7730 4500 Tickets: £16 - 45 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction On sale: June 2020

Traditional Angels from the realms of glory Lassus Laetentur caeli Ord Adam lay ybounden Byrd Laetentur caeli Traditional This endris night Eric Whitacre Lux Aurumque

Further dates will continue to be added to our calendar throughout 2020. Please sign up to our mailing list and check our website for the latest updates.

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Workshop dates and locations

Choral Workshops

14 March 2020, 2pm - 5pm London

Our popular Choral Workshops are a rare and rewarding opportunity for keen amateur singers to explore a variety of music inspired by The Sixteen’s own performances. Under the guidance of expert workshop leaders including The Sixteen’s associate conductor, Eamonn Dougan, and singer and practical scholar Sally Dunkley, workshops include advice on vocal technique, as well as performance interpretation and historical context.

Tickets: £30

15 March 2020, 2pm - 5pm Rochester Tickets: £30

21 March 2020, 2pm - 5pm Oxford Tickets: £30

12 September 2020, 2pm - 5pm Tewkesbury Tickets: £30

26 September 2020, 2pm - 5pm Blackburn

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Tickets: £30


3 October 2020, 2pm - 5pm Peterborough Tickets: £30

10 October 2020, 2pm - 5pm Carlisle Tickets: £30

17 October 2020, 2pm - 5pm Edinburgh Tickets: £30

7 November 2020, 2pm - 5pm Manchester Tickets: £30

The repertoire for our 2020 workshops will include music by Josquin and Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories Further dates will continue to be added to our calendar throughout 2020. Please sign up to our mailing list and check our website for the latest updates.

BOOK NOW Tickets for all Choral Workshops can be booked online at or by phone on 0333 010 2850. Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction Sheet music and refreshments are included in the ticket price. MULTIBUY OFFER Get £5 off when you buy a Choral Workshop ticket and a ticket to the corresponding Choral Pilgrimage concert in the same transaction. Please see our website for details. 15

20 February 2020, 7.30pm Scarlatti Stabat mater

21 February 2020, 7.30pm A Pilgrim’s Solace

9 June 2020, 7.30pm Handel Chandos Anthems

The Assembly Rooms, Bath

Wigmore Hall, London

Wigmore Hall, London

The volume and variety of Purcell’s output is truly incredible. Hear my prayer and Let mine eyes run down with tears are two great anthems of English church music, displaying Purcell’s rich harmonic and melodic language at its most original. However, the tour de force of the programme is Scarlatti’s setting of the Stabat mater - a work that perfectly showcases the virtuosity of The Sixteen.

As Catholics, both Byrd and Dowland lived much of their later lives under threat of arrest. Drawn from the last publications of their lives, curiously juxtaposing the spiritual and profane, 12 singers explore the songs of yearning, unrequited love and sacred devotion written by two men forced to conceal their faith.

Handel wrote his 11 Chandos Anthems in 1717-18 for the inimitable Duke of Chandos. Despite only having modest musical forces at his disposal, these anthems convey immense strength. They stood outside the mainstream of everyday church music, perfectly conveying the selfconfident and hedonistic spirit of the time.

Wigmore Hall 2020 Residency

Selected singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme:

Residencies & other UK performances

Scarlatti ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Gloria’ from Missa breve Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences Purcell Miserere mei Purcell O praise the Lord, all ye heathen Scarlatti Te Deum laudamus Purcell Let mine eyes run down with tears Scarlatti Iste confessor Purcell Hear my prayer Purcell O all ye people, clap your hands Purcell Close thine eyes and sleep secure Purcell Beati omnes qui timent Dominum Scarlatti Stabat mater a10 Exclusive box office: / 01225 463362 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: December 2019


Selected singers from The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include: Byrd Retire my soul Dowland Disdain me still Byrd Come, woeful Orpheus Dowland Welcome, black night Byrd Come let us rejoice unto our God Byrd How vain the toils Byrd Arise, Lord, into thy rest Dowland Thou mighty God Exclusive box office: / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £18 - 60 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: November 2019

Programme: Handel Overture to Chandos Anthem VI ‘As pants the hart’ Italian Cantata ‘Spande ancor a mio dispetto’ Chandos Anthem II ‘In the Lord put I my trust’ Overture to Chandos Anthem I ‘O be joyful in the Lord’ Italian Cantata ‘Cuopre tal volta il cielo’ Chandos Anthem V ‘I will magnify thee’ Exclusive box office: / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £18 - 60 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: February 2020 17

17 June 2020, 7.30pm The Choicest Music of the Kingdom

27 June 2020, 8pm An Immortal Legacy

23 September 2020, 7.30pm The Earth Resounds

18 October 2020, 2.30pm The Queen of Heaven

St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London

St George’s Church, Beckenham

Kings Place, London

Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

16th-century composers Tallis and Byrd wrote at times of religious turmoil and national upheaval, producing magnificent works of beauty and musical mastery. Their legacy can be traced to some of Britain’s most celebrated 20th- and 21stcentury composers, including Britten, Tippett and James MacMillan, whose works complete this enlightening programme.

Simulating the phenomenon of trembling land, Brumel’s astonishing Earthquake Mass creates textures that literally seem to shake. Josquin’s O virgo prudentissima evokes images of craggy rocks and dark whirlwinds, while Lassus’s Aurora lucis rutilat (‘Dawn reddens with light’) creates a truly spectacular display of choral fireworks.

Arguably The Sixteen’s most popular programme of all time, The Queen of Heaven 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.

Part of Kings Place Nature Unwrapped 2020

Part of St Andrews Voices Festival

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor



Josquin Praeter rerum seriem Brumel ‘Gloria’ from Missa Et ecce terrae motus Josquin O virgo prudentissima a6 Lassus Magnificat secundi toni super Praeter rerum seriem Lassus Aurora lucis rutilat Josquin Huc me sydereo Lassus Lauda Jerusalem Dominum Brumel ‘Sanctus’ from Missa Et ecce terrae motus Lassus Magnificat octavi toni super Aurora lucis rutilat

Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution version) James MacMillan Videns Dominus Palestrina Stabat mater a8 Palestrina Regina caeli laetare a8 Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi James MacMillan O radiant dawn Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae James MacMillan Miserere Palestrina ‘Agnus Dei’ from Missa Regina caeli

2020 sees the 500 anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, the driving force behind Queen Elizabeth I’s reign for four decades. Appointed High Steward of Westminster in 1561 it is fitting that a celebration of music from his era should be held in St Margaret’s Church. We will perform a selection of sacred Tudor choral pieces, some of which will have been commissioned by Lord Burghley or his son themselves. th

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include: Tallis Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter Byrd Miserere mihi Domine Morley My bonny lass she smileth Sheppard Libera nos I and II Byrd O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth Sheppard O happy dames Byrd Laudibus in sanctis Tallis O sacrum convivium Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis Byrd This sweet and merry month of May Morley April is in my mistress’ face Cornysh Ah Robyn Tallis / Byrd Miserere nostri Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: To be confirmed 18

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include: Tallis Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter Tallis Salvator mundi Morley April is in my mistress’ face Gibbons The Silver Swan Byrd This sweet and merry month of May Tippett Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis James MacMillan Mitte manum tuam Byrd Laudibus in sanctis Britten Gloriana Dances Exclusive box office: Tickets: £35

Exclusive box office: / 020 7520 1490

On sale: January 2020

Tickets: £19.50 - 49.50 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction

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22 October 2020, 7.30pm Welcome Song and Coronation Music for King James II Wigmore Hall, London

A new book to mark four decades of The Sixteen

In his short but prolific musical life, Purcell

composed a series of Welcome Songs and Odes for royal occasions. Lamenting the death of Charles II and heralding in the new king, this programme showcases some of Purcell’s most inventive music. Selected singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include: Purcell Overture in G minor Z631 If pray’rs and tears Coronation anthem - I was glad If ever I more riches did desire Coronation anthem - My heart is inditing Hark how the wild musicians sing While Thirsis, wrapp’d in downy sleep How have I stray’d Catch - Full bags, a brisk bottle Welcome Song (1685) - Why are all the muses mute?

Tickets: To be confirmed Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: May 2020 20 | @faberbooks © Benjamin Ealovega

Exclusive box office: / 020 7935 2141

Available to purchase from



Inspired by The Sixteen’s Wigmore Hall residency, this already acclaimed series explores Purcell’s music written for royal occasions. The third album includes the quite brilliant Welcome Songs Welcome to all the pleasures (with its superb six-part fanfares to St Cecilia in the final chorus) and From hardy climes.

Available now PALESTRINA VOLUME 8 October 2019 Release COR16175

Palestrina is perhaps the most famous of all Renaissance composers. He had a vast influence on the development of music and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance polyphony. Volume 8 in our series focuses on the Last Supper and the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross at the first Easter and includes the Missa Fratres ego enim accepi.

In concert this season


‘The disc’s centrepiece is Wylkynson’s 14-minute-long Salve Regina, in which he divides the choir into nine parts, each depicting one of the nine orders of angels. This performance is flawless.’









Gramophone Magazine

‘Exemplary singing’ The Sunday Times, Album of the week


‘It’s the ideal playlist for anyone wanting to sample the possibilities of choral music, wonderfully sung (and in some cases played, with the Orchestra of The Sixteen).’ The Guardian

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Education The Sixteen’s extensive Education and Outreach programme supports creativity throughout the UK’s communities each year.

‘ Mr Christophers is a very nice man and an EXCELLENT conductor. But Mr Turner, please can we have a sackbut?’ Chorister Workshop participant, Derby Cathedral

An integral part of our mission is to promote and advance public awareness of the repertoire we perform, whilst also using 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. Following on from the legacy of our anniversary year, we will be undertaking residencies in Carlisle, Manchester, Rochester and London, uniting communities through singing and the mutual appreciation of music. On a daily basis we witness the power of music to promote health and wellbeing, uplift and transcend boundaries of language and faith. In addition to our residencies we 24

have an extensive programme of projects that take place across the UK and internationally, from masterclasses to chorister workshops, and from our Insight Days to schools’ matinee performances we encourage the values of listening and performing as part of a group in an engaging and accessible way for all. Collaboration is at the core of our Education and Outreach programme: If you would like to participate, collaborate or engage with one of our Education and Outreach events, please contact: Amanda MacLeod Education and Outreach Manager 020 7936 3420


Genesis Sixteen Apprenticeship scheme, countertenor Francis Gush appointed as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, tenor Euan Williamson gain a place in the renowned vocal group VOCES8 and bass Nathan Harrison gain a place in early music ensemble Stile Antico.

Now entering its ninth year, Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s unique free training scheme that aims to nurture the next generation of talented young ensemble singers, helping them to bridge the gap between student and professional performer. During the year-long scheme singers receive group tutoring from conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, individual and consort mentoring from members of The Sixteen and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. 26

In 2014 the scheme was expanded to include a Conducting Scholarship, supporting graduate conductors in the early stages of their career. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.

Applications for the 2020 - 21 group open in November 2019. Full details can be found on our website, where you can also keep up to date with all forthcoming Genesis Sixteen performances.

This is the UK’s first fully funded programme of its kind and a number of alumni from the first eight years have gone on to enjoy much success since graduating. This year, we saw six alumni singers take part in the 2018-19 Monteverdi Choir 27

Become a Patron Becoming a Patron of The Sixteen is like becoming part of the family. Patron benefits can include priority booking, complimentary advance copies of recordings, exclusive invitations to rehearsals and behind-the-scenes events.

The Sixteen Club £5000+

Purcell Circle £500

The Sixteen Club offers the opportunity to invest in our future, hear about our plans as they come to fruition, and celebrate the special relationship that we nurture with those who share our vision for the future of The Sixteen.

• Invitations to recording sessions and rehearsals with The Sixteen

Call Carol or Christina to hear more about becoming one of our group of Sixteen Club stalwarts.

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

Tallis Circle £100 Handel Circle £1000 • Invitations to recording sessions and rehearsals with The Sixteen • Advance copies of The Sixteen’s CDs • Opportunities to meet Harry and the choir and orchestra

• 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 advance copy of the annual Choral Pilgimage programme • Regular updates on upcoming tours, CDs and activities

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Contact us


Carol McCormack Development Director 020 7936 3420

Christina McMaster Development Manager 020 7936 3420

For VAT purposes, your contribution is divided into a payment for benefits (£10 for Tallis Circle, £25 for Purcell Circle, £50 for Handel Circle and £250 for Sixteen Club) and a donation (£90 / £475 / £950 / £4750 depending on which level you choose to support us). If you would like to purchase the benefits separately please contact the Development team. 29

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Supporters The Sixteen’s 2020 season would not be possible without the generosity of the following supporters:


Major Benefactors Arts Council England The Band Trust David and Marie-Jane Barnett Dunard Fund The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Foyle Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation Genesis Foundation Stephen Harker The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett KB John Coates Charitable Trust John Armitage Charitable Trust Oak Foundation Quadrant Chambers Rothschild & Co The Stonegarth Fund John Studzinski CBE 30

Patrons The Sixteen Club

George & Kirsty Anson Nicholas & Jane Ferguson Simon Haslam Lady Heseltine Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett KB Mark & Liza Loveday Luke & Isabelle Parsons Sally & Michael Payton Lionel & Lynn Persey Hugh Priestley Timothy & Damaris Sanderson William & Helen Wells

Handel Circle

David Barnett Benedict & Felitsa Birnberg Lord & Lady Briggs Graham Brown Matthew Carrington Dilani & David Gooda Michel Kallipetis QC Derek & Debbie McMenamin Colin Passmore Nicholas & Lesley Pryor

A gift in your Will is a very personal matter. If you are interested in leaving a legacy, of any kind, to The Sixteen then we invite you to discuss your plans with us in confidence, to make sure that your wishes are understood and can be fulfilled.

David Quarmby CBE Christopher Stewart Lady Juliet & Dr Christopher Tadgell Eileen & Ken Vose Tony & Jo Willoughby

Alternatively, if you have already remembered The Sixteen in your Will then we would love to hear from you and thank you for your special gift.

Purcell Circle

Robin Barda Bath Stone Group Helen and Stephen Burgess Rachel & David Davies Mary Deissler Robert Gray Peter Haydon & Emma Davidson Mrs Priscilla Hindmarsh Fiona & Christopher Hodges Evan & Jill Llewellyn Elaine Marson Miss Sheila McCormack Elizabeth Mitchell The Revd. Canon Bruce Ruddock Sarah Steer Bernard & Sarah Taylor Sue Woodward


Please contact Carol McCormack, Director of Development, or Christina McMaster, Development Manager, on 020 7936 3420 or for further information.

You can play your part in preserving the future of The Sixteen and its choral music tradition by leaving a gift in your Will.

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Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan

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