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RIP Sir Andrew Davis 

We are saddened by the news that Sir Andrew Davis, the renowned British conductor, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, surrounded by family after a battle with leukaemia. Sir Andrew recorded exclusively for Chandos Records from his first album Elgar’s Crown of India in 2009, making almost 50 recordings and gathering countless accolades and awards in the process. We will miss a wonderful musician who imparted so much to all who worked with him in such a generous, self-deprecating and humble way. RIP Andrew.


Sir Andrew Davis's obituary

 

https://www.chandos.net/list/ artist/Sir_Andrew_Davis/10807

 

Sinfonia of London win big at BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London’s première recording of the complete original score of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! took home the Opera Award, while the same forces also scooped their fourth Orchestral Award with their album of works for strings by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Delius and Elgar. Described by the magazine’s reviewer as ‘a stunning benchmark for the digital generation’, this recording also went on to win the coveted Recording of the Year.

To say thank for all the BBCMM24 at checkout!

Pictured above from left, Francis Williams, Jonathan Allen, Rosenna East and Ralph Couzens.

 

This Thursday! 

Good luck to Sinfonia of London and John Wilson ahead of this week's award ceremony! 'Music for Strings' and 'Oklahoma!' have been nominated in the Orchestral and Opera categories respectively.

 

Margaret Fingerhut appointed MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours

To celebrate pianist Margaret Fingerhut being recognised for services to music and charitable fundraising why not explore her brilliant back-catalogue.

 

Brian Pidgeon GRAMMY nominated for Producer of the Year!

Sinfonia of London's latest album 'Record of the Week' on Record Review!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new release from Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, was featured on BBC Radio 3's much-loved Saturday morning Record Review show (4/11). We're delighted to report that the new recording was picked as RECORD OF THE WEEK. The show remains available all month on-demand so don't worry if you missed it live, listen here!

 

This week we will be celebrating the upcoming launch of Oklahoma! from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London at The Savile Cub in Mayfair. This landmark album will be the first full recording of the original Rodgers & Hammerstein score, to commemorate this very special release we have produced a series of limited edition numbered vinlys available to pre-order now! Don't miss this historic album, out on Friday 15th September!

 

Gramophone Awards Shortlist 2023

We are delighted to have FOUR albums shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2023! See the shortlist here, including albums from Kaleidscope Chamber Collective, Arcadia Quartet, and Sinfonia of London.

 

Gramophone Editor's Choice: October

'Parry's compelling response to Shelley's lyrical drama is given a superb performance of real conviction, conduction by William Vann and with a line-up of starry soloists'

Listen in full on Chandos

'Orchestra of the Year' nomination!

Our friends and collaborators BBC Philharmonic have been nominated for Orchestra of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2023! 

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Artist in Focus
 

Harry Christophers

Any account of choral music in the early twenty-first century would be incomplete without a chapter dedicated to the work of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The conductor, in partnership with the ensemble he founded 45 years ago, has set benchmark standards for the performance of everything from late medieval polyphony to new works from today’s finest choral composers. While his artistry arises from the great British tradition of cathedral and collegiate choral singing, it soars above convention to open fresh perspectives on Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music. Collaboration and collegiality are among the cornerstones of Harry Christophers’ music-making. He speaks of The Sixteen as a family of musicians, one united by ties of loyalty and reinforced by the strength of the organisation’s board and staff. Their recent work together includes an Artist Residency at Wigmore Hall, a large-scale tour of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony. Recent highlights have included a performance of MacMillan’s Stabat mater for Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel at Easter 2018, and a return to Australia during The Sixteen’s 40th anniversary tour in 2019.

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“A hearty welcome to this exceptionally stimulating programme, devised – and essayed with penetrating insight by Robin Tritschler. With his mellifluous tone, flawless technical prowess and impeccable diction, the Irish tenor covers himself in glory throughout… a release that is guaranteed to provide lasting rewards.”

“A hearty welcome to this exceptionally stimulating programme, devised – and essayed with penetrating insight by Robin Tritschler. With his mellifluous tone, flawless technical prowess and impeccable diction, the Irish tenor covers himself in glory throughout… a release that is guaranteed to provide lasting rewards.”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“…The recorded sound is warm but not too close. The choral blend and solo contributions are both first-rate and the booklet’s presentation is a model of clarity and information. Highly enjoyable.”

“…The recorded sound is warm but not too close. The choral blend and solo contributions are both first-rate and the booklet’s presentation is a model of clarity and information. Highly enjoyable.”

Malcolm Riley – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“Beautifully recorded in Surrey’s Menuhin Hall, it all adds up to a winning journey of discovery as well as a quietly compelling portrait that reveals Pitfield as a composer deserving of far wider exposure than he has hitherto received.”

“Beautifully recorded in Surrey’s Menuhin Hall, it all adds up to a winning journey of discovery as well as a quietly compelling portrait that reveals Pitfield as a composer deserving of far wider exposure than he has hitherto received.”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“… the Cologne forces give their all in performances that are just about ideal … Poppen’s soloists are as fine as any and blend particularly delectably towards the end of K275’s Agnus Dei…”

“… the Cologne forces give their all in performances that are just about ideal … Poppen’s soloists are as fine as any and blend particularly delectably towards the end of K275’s Agnus Dei…”

David Threasher – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“…Even the most chromatically complex of the fugues is rendered with ease, poise and sensitivity. The Ruckers instrument is an ideal choice, mellow but full of colour and warmth. The result is a harpsichord rendering that feels monumental without ever becoming severe or monochromatic.”

“…Even the most chromatically complex of the fugues is rendered with ease, poise and sensitivity. The Ruckers instrument is an ideal choice, mellow but full of colour and warmth. The result is a harpsichord rendering that feels monumental without ever becoming severe or monochromatic.”

Philip Kennicott – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“… a consistently high-quality and thoroughly enjoyable set.”

“… a consistently high-quality and thoroughly enjoyable set.”

Charlotte Gardner – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“… The Brahms/Ligeti pairing is hardly new on record but, even without the substantial added attractions of Mozart and Schumann, this version sweeps the board.”

“… The Brahms/Ligeti pairing is hardly new on record but, even without the substantial added attractions of Mozart and Schumann, this version sweeps the board.”

Peter Quantrill – Gramophone magazine – July 2024

“… a programme that can be warmly recommended …”

“… a programme that can be warmly recommended …”

Richard Whitehouse – Gramophone magazine – July 2024
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