Choral at Cadogan 2018-19
Choral at Cadogan celebrates some of the finest choral ensembles from around the world. This season is no different, with repertoire spanning the renaissance to the present day, and concluding with a very rare opportunity to hear The Tallis Scholars sing the most romantic music there is – Rachmaninov’s Vespers.
Among the highlights are Voices New Zealand, who celebrate their 20th anniversary. They bring with them a unique view of native and European music, skilfully mixing old and new, local and distant.
Also joining us for the first time this year are the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, who will be ending a busy year at the Chapel where there will be not one, but two Royal weddings. Their thoughtful advent programme makes a great start to the festive season.
Another series debut will come from The Gesualdo Six, led by the dynamic conductor and composer, Owain Park. This male voice a cappella ensemble, known for their high quality programming, leapt onto the world stage in 2014. Their debut recording, released in January 2018 to great critical acclaim, was described as ‘spellbinding’ by the Telegraph.
VOCES8 need little introduction to those familiar with the choral world. We are thrilled they can join us this year. They present one of their typically feisty programmes – an all-round delight.
And then The Tallis Scholars will present two special programmes of their own. First, a concert which showcases the dazzling music of the Eton Choirbook, followed as promised, at the end of the season, by Rachmaninov’s Vespers. There is nothing else quite like it.
As always, I look forward to welcoming you to our series.
Peter Phillips, Artistic Director