The Sixteen. Musical Illuminations
Fri 10 Feb 2012 – Fri 10 Feb 2012, Doors open: 19.30
Please note that this will be an unseated performance.
The Sixteen, led by their conductor and founder Harry Christophers, are among the world's finest choral ensembles. Following an after-hours chance to view the Royal Manuscripts exhibition, which has inspired their new CD 'The Genius of Illumination', The Sixteen presents a programme of transcendent late medieval music, among them pieces by William Cornysh, Robert Davy and King Henry VIII himself.
After thirty two years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen has a special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, for bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music as well as diverse 20th and 21st century music, all drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.
At home in the UK, The Sixteen are The Voices of Classic FM. The group promotes The Choral Pilgrimage, an annual tour of Britain's finest cathedrals bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. They featured in the highly successful BBC television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale, broadcast in spring 2010 on BBC Four and BBC Two and in a second series in early 2011.
Over one hundred recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work. They span the music of 500 years, winning many awards including Grand Prix du Disque, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance. IKON was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Classical Brits. In 2009 The Sixteen were given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year award, the only ensemble in the award’s history to ever win this category.
Doors and Royal Manuscripts exhibition open at 19.30. Performance 20.30 to 21.20.
£12.50 / £10 concessions (including exhibition entry)