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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852- 1924) was one of the leading musicians of his generation and had a profound effect on the development and history of English music as a performer, conductor, composer, teacher and writer. Born in Dublin, his musical gifts were recognised early, and lessons in piano, violin and later organ ensued. Stanford entered Queen’s College Cambridge in 1870 as both an organ and classics scholar. While still an undergraduate he became Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge University Music Society and held the position of Conductor from 1875 to 1893. He became organist at Trinity College Cambridge in 1873 and subsequently studied composition in Germany with Carl Reinecke and Friedrick Kiel. He was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in London in 1883 (a position that he held for more than forty years) and Professor of Music at Cambridge in 1888. He subsequently held appointments as Conductor of the Bach Choir in London, the Leeds Philharmonic Society and the Leeds Festival. Stanford was a prolific composer, completing seven symphonies, eight string quartets, nine operas, more than 300 songs, 30 large scale choral works and a large body of chamber music. He also composed a substantial number of works for the organ, as well as anthems and settings of the canticles for the Anglican Church.

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News and Artists

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.

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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'

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'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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“Paul McCreesh’s historically informed performance of the composer’s greatest choral work has many gains … Nicky Spence as Gerontius, both touchingly introspective and fiercely dramatic when required … establishing him as one of the finest interpreters of the role around today … The choral singing is very accomplished too …” ***

“Paul McCreesh’s historically informed performance of the composer’s greatest choral work has many gains … Nicky Spence as Gerontius, both touchingly introspective and fiercely dramatic when required … establishing him as one of the finest interpreters of the role around today … The choral singing is very accomplished too …” ***

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 19 April 2024
Winner of the Recording of the Year Award 2024
Winner of the Recording of the Year Award 2024
BBC Music magazine

“Just one voice to a part, just intonation and a wonderfully expressive approach to line, all combined with lovely poise to make this disc a little bit of magic.”

“Just one voice to a part, just intonation and a wonderfully expressive approach to line, all combined with lovely poise to make this disc a little bit of magic.”

Robert Hugill – Planethugill.com – 9 April 2024

“…There is a lovely sheen to the sound, the singers are clearly all very experienced in this repertoire and their relaxed quality is a joy… something very special indeed.”

“…There is a lovely sheen to the sound, the singers are clearly all very experienced in this repertoire and their relaxed quality is a joy… something very special indeed.”

Robert Hugill – Planethugill.com – 1 April 2024

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

Klaus Trapp – klassik-heute.de – 15 April 2024

Classic Today Recommendation

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

“…the album as a whole deserves a clear recommendation.”

Classic Today Recommendation

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

“…the album as a whole deserves a clear recommendation.”

Martin Blaumeiser – klassik-heute.de – 10 April 2024

Classic Today Recommendation

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

“… Successful CD with late Telemann compositions that approach classical music and are simply enjoyable, including two first recordings… a clear recommendation …”

Classic Today Recommendation

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

“… Successful CD with late Telemann compositions that approach classical music and are simply enjoyable, including two first recordings… a clear recommendation …”

Thomas Baack – klassik-heute.de – 8 April 2024

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

“…Jörg Halubek unites a magnificent cast of vocal soloists with his outstanding instrumental ensemble il Gusto Barocco to present this jewel of German Baroque opera to German and international audiences, who can experience a passionate performance of a masterpiece that was truly worth being snatched from oblivion.”

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

“…Jörg Halubek unites a magnificent cast of vocal soloists with his outstanding instrumental ensemble il Gusto Barocco to present this jewel of German Baroque opera to German and international audiences, who can experience a passionate performance of a masterpiece that was truly worth being snatched from oblivion.”

Detmar Huchting – klassik-heute.de – 1 April 2024



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