The Sixteen’s 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Their close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on their very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in their 40th anniversary year.
Harry Christophers conductor
Plainsong Salve Regina
Tavener Hymn to the Mother of God
Sheppard ‘Gloria’ from Cantate Mass
Eric Whitacre Sainte-Chapelle
Wylkynson Salve Regina a9
Fayrfax Aeternae laudis lilium
Gabriel Jackson Ave Maria
Tavener Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
James MacMillan O virgo prudentissima (new commission)
Sheppard ‘Agnus Dei’ from Cantate Mass
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The Sixteen’s choir and period-instrument orchestra stand today among the world’s greatest ensembles, peerless interpreters of Renaissance, Baroque and modern choral music, acclaimed worldwide for performances delivered with precision, power and passion.
The Sixteen arose from its Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers’ formative experience as cathedral chorister and choral scholar. His enterprise, launched in 1979, built on the best of the British choral tradition while setting new standards of virtuosity and musicianship. The Sixteen’s professional female and male voices create a distinctive sound of great warmth and clarity. Although refined over four decades, that sound has remained remarkably consistent, always responsive to the emotional content of words and music, ever alert to subtle nuances of colour and shading.