Master’s recital: George Parris
The Carice Singers is emerging as one of the most distinctive vocal ensembles in the UK, defined by its unique sound and imaginative choice of repertoire. Founded by George Parris in 2011, the choir achieved recognition early on through a trio of recordings with the Naxos label containing music by Bax, Delius, Ireland, Moeran and Warlock. This led to a fourth recording of Parry’s Songs of Farewell for the BBC Music Magainze in 2018. The group has now been invited to perform at the Cheltenham Music Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival for two consecutive years.
Spira Ensemble is an award-winning mixed chamber choir based in Helsinki, Finland, founded in 2013. Most of its members share a common past in the prominent university choirs and music institutes of the country. Among the choir’s achievements is the Tampere Vocal Festival in 2015, where Spira won the Grand Prix as well as three gold stamps, the highest mark of achievement at the choral review. In 2016, Spira Ensemble competed in the final of the prestigious Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition and was awarded the Finnish Broadcast Company Prize for Best Finnish Choir. In 2019, Spira Ensemble was awarded a shared first prize in the mixed choir category as well as third prize in contemporary music at the prestigious International Choir Festival Tallinn.
Pärt: Bogoroditse Devo
Parsons: Ave Maria
Tavener: Mother Of God, here I stand
Rehnqvist: I himmelen
Purcell: My Beloved Spake (first section, with baroque ensemble)
Howells: The summer is coming
Sibelius: Sydämeni laulu
Stravinsky: The dove descending
Langgaard: Lokkende Toner
Ireland: Spring, the sweet Spring
Elgar: Owls: An epitaph, O wild west wind!
Monteverdi: Zefiro toma a il bel tempo rimera (+theorbor)
Edwards: Sacred Kingfisher Psalms
Combined choirs encore:
Kuula - Sävel