Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook

Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
CORO. COR16166. 66’37

Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy

You need to read the title of this recording carefully – The Eton Choirbook Legacy, the key word being ‘Legacy’. Alongside pieces by Walter Lambe, William Cornysh and Robert Wylkynson from the famous c1500 Eton College Choirbook are compositions by five contemporary composers, commissioned by the Sixteen’s Genesis Foundation to contrast with and compliment the Eton pieces. Four are direct responses to Eton Choirbook pieces, the fifth is Stephen Hough’s four-movement Hallowed, composed for the British Museum’s recent ‘Living with Gods’ exhibition. Continue reading

SJSS Young Artists: The Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six
St John’s, Smith Square Young Artists
St John’s, Smith Square. 19 June 2016

The excellent St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ scheme featured four young performers for their 2015/6 season (the second), two of them with a focus on early music. As well as being offered three performances in St John’s, Smith Square, the young artists were given development and marketing opportunities and access to a fund to commission a new work or a new edition of a piece of early music. I was able to review two of recorder player Tabea Debus ‘s concert (reviewed here and here) but, unfortunately, could only get to one of the concerts given by the other early music group, The Gesualdo Six, a concert that ended the 2015/6 season at St John’s. Continue reading