Guy James: Thoughts on returning home

Countertenor Guy James writes about returning to Dursley with The Gesualdo Six this summer:

One of my earliest musical memories is of standing next to my mum, Lynn James, singing with the Parish choir of St. James the Great in the parish centre in Dursley. I was effectively on probation with the choir and despite this I was applying myself with some gusto when a sudden drop in dynamics left me performing my very first (totally unintentional) solo. Thankfully this oversight didn’t prevent me from joining the choir properly when I was 7 and I then enjoyed the best part of 10 years with the choir before a change of schools prevented any more weekly contributions. I continue to be humbled that my 10 years singing at St. James constitute barely a fraction of the service of the more venerable members of the choir. During my time I was extremely lucky to benefit from the enthusiasm and talents of everyone in the choir and especially it’s director and organist Nigel Davies. Not only did I receive much of the most formative years of my musical education for free but also access to innumerable opportunities for performance and the concerts and tours that the choir provides, not to mention a little pocket-money. Undoubtedly however, the most valuable gift I received over my time with the choir is a love for the music and heritage of the English choral tradition.

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SJSS Young Artists 2015/16

We are delighted to announce that we will be St John’s Smith Square Young Artists for the 2015/16 season! Here’s a note from Richard Heason, the director of SJSS:

‘As a concert hall it is crucial that we don’t just give voice to established artists but that we also invest in future talent. Through our Young Artists’ Scheme we are able to select musicians who have shown themselves to have enormous talent and energy and help them as they shape their careers.’

Read more here: http://www.earlymusictoday.com/slider/sjss-2015-16-young-artists-announced/

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★★★★★ Five-star review for King’s concert

We’re delighted to end the term with a five-star review for our one-year anniversary concert of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responses for Maundy Thursday in King’s Chapel.

“…what Owain Park and the singers have managed to achieve is an ensemble with extraordinary potential, who stand head and shoulders above any other vocal group in Cambridge, and who surely have a promising future ahead.”

Read the full review here: http://www.varsity.co.uk/reviews/8454

The team are looking forward to returning to Cambridge for the summer term and for a concert in Kingston in Cambridgeshire on 1st May. Keep an eye out on our website, facebook and twitter for the latest details. We’re also busy preparing for the summer and beyond!

Update: January 2015

A big “hello” to 2015 from everyone in Team G6! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed wonderful New Year celebrations. We’re here with exciting news about plans for 2015, which include four concerts in the next three months, at home in Cambridge.

First, we travel to Jesus College Chapel on Saturday 17th January, to perform English masterpieces by composers including Byrd, Sheppard (who [probably] celebrates his 500th anniversary this year) and Cornysh, before visiting St John’s College Chapel on 13th February with a juxtaposition of Madrigals by Ligeti and Monteverdi. We then bring music of the Italian masters to Caius College Chapel on 21st February, before finishing in the majestic setting of King’s College Chapel on 11th March to perform Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday. Phew!

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to one or more of our concerts, and we’ll also be adding clips and tracks to our YouTube and Soundcloud accounts over the coming months. Happy 2015!

Concert: Advent/Christmas in Trinity

Thursday 4th November 2014 at 8pm

Trinity College Chapel

Our next concert is on 4th December 2014 at 8pm in Trinity College Chapel, when we will be performing a programme of music for Advent and Christmas.

The Gesualdo Six Christmas Poster 2014

Programme

Gaudete (Trad.)

Quem vidistis (Canale)

In dulci jubilo (Praetorius arr. Bach)
Est ist ein Ros (Praetorius)
Verbum caro factum est (Hassler)

There is no rose (Trinity Carol)
Coventry Carol (Trad.)
Audivi vocem (Taverner)
Audivi vocem (Tallis)
Vigilate (Byrd)

Lullay my liking (Holst)
This is the truth (arr. RVW)

Veni, veni Emmanuel (Trad., arr. Lawson)
Away in a manger (Kirkpatrick, arr. Lawson)
Jingle Bells (Pierpont, arr. Langford)

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4th December 2014 at 8pm (concert lasts less than 1 hour)
£5/£3/Free for TCMS members
Tickets available on the door.

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Past Performances

7 March 2019
UK | London
Cadogan Hall


19 February 2019
UK | Boxgrove
Boxgrove Priory


18 February 2019
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


17 February 2019
UK | London
St James Sussex Gardens, Paddington


15 February 2019
UK | Leeds
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall


26 January 2019
UK | Taunton
Concerts for Martin Randall Travel
St John’s Church
The Castle Hotel


19 January 2019
UK | Linlithgow, Scotland
St. Michael’s Parish Church


17 January 2019
Germany | Tübingen
Pfleghofsaal


16 January 2019
Germany | Berlin
Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Concert Radio Broadcast


14 December 2018
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (Christmas Festival)


11 December 2018
UK | Liverpool
Philharmonic Hall


4 December 2018
Monaco | Chapelle de la Visitation


23 November 2018
UK | North Luffenham, Rutland


20 November 2018
Live on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’
Listen Again


3 November 2018
Belgium | Verviers


19 October 2018
Poland | Łódź


3 October 2018
Kosovo | Pristina International Vocal Festival


8 September 2018
UK | Ripon International Festival


3 August 2018
Poland | Świdnica Bach Festival
St Joseph’s Church


1 August 2018
The Netherlands | Delft Chamber Music Festival
Oude Kerk


17–28 July 2018
Canada Tour
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15 July 2018
UK | Salisbury
St Martin’s Church (Pre-Canada Tour Concert)


14 July 2018
UK | London
St Clement Danes, The Strand


13 July 2018
UK | Cambridge
The Round Church (Pre-Canada Tour Concert)


3 June 2018
UK | Hurstbourne Tarrant
St Peter’s Church


2 June 2018
UK | Wells
St Cuthbert’s Church


8 April 2018
UK | Suffolk
St Michael’s Church, Framlingham


7 April 2018
UK | London
St Peter’s Eaton Square (CD Launch event)


6 April 2018
UK | Winchester
Holy Trinity Church


5 April 2018
UK | Devon
St Andrew’s Church, Colyton


4 April 2018
UK | Bristol
All Saint’s Church, Clifton


3 April 2018
UK | Herefordshire
St Clydawg’s Church, Clodock


2 April 2018
UK | Herefordshire
St Faith’s Church, Dorstone


28 March 2018
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (Concert at the Holy Week Festival)


16 March 2018
Live on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’
Listen Again on BBC iPlayer


24 February 2018
UK | Concert for Churchill Music Trust


23 January 2018
UK | Warwick
St Mary’s Church (Concert for Leamington Music)


7 January 2018
UK | Salisbury
St Martin’s Church (Epiphany Concert)


6 January 2018
UK | Bristol
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym (Epiphany Concert)
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6 January 2018
UK | Bristol
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym (Epiphany Concert)
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14 December 2017
UK | London
The Temple Church (Temple Winter Festival)


18 November 2017
UK | Exeter
St David’s Church


17 November 2017
UK | Bruton
Memorial Hall, King’s School


9 November 2017
UK | London
V&A Museum
Kepler’s Trial (contemporary opera)


4 November 2017
UK | Brighton
St Paul’s Church (Brighton Early Music Festival Showcase Concert)


3 September 2017
UK | Dursley
St James the Great


2 September 2017
UK | Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe


1 September 2017
UK | Hampshire
All Saints’ Church, Odiham


31 August 2017
UK | Northampton
All Saints’ Church


30 August 2017
UK | Rutland
North Luffenham Church


29 August 2017
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


28 August 2017
Live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune


4 July 2017
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel (Celebrating 700 years since the beginning of Kings
Hall)


25 June 2017
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square


10 June 2017
UK | Norfolk
Raynham Hall


2 June 2017
Germany | Regensburg
Schottenkirche St. Jakob (part of the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg Festival


10 April 2017
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (as part of the inaugural Holy Week Festival)


10 April 2017
UK | Manchester
St Anne’s Church (part of our 2017 Northern Tour)


1 April 2017
UK | Bolton
Victoria Hall (concert and workshop for Bolton Choirs Festival; part of our 2017 Northern Tour)


31 March 2017
UK | Blackburn
Blackburn Cathedral (featuring the Blackburn Cathedral Choristers; part of our 2017 Northern Tour)


30 March 2017
UK | London
Kingston Parish Church


26 March 2017
UK | Monmouth
Monmouth Priory Church (as part of Wye Valley Music’s 2016/17 season)


24 February 2017
UK | Oxford
Keble College Chapel (as part of the Keble Early Music Festival)


10 December 2016
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (as part of the 31st Christmas Festival and our Christmas Tour 2016)


9 December 2016
UK | Salisbury
St Martin’s Church (as part of our Christmas Tour 2016)


8 December 2016
UK | Hampshire
(as part of our Christmas Tour 2016)


6 December 2016
Monaco
Chapelle de la Visitation (as part of our Christmas Tour 2016)


24 October 2016
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (part of our Young Composers’ Workshop)


15 October 2016
UK | Buckinghamshire
Little Missenden Church


4 September 2016
UK | Worcester
St Martin’s Church, London Road


3 September 2016
UK | Leicester
St James the Greater


2 September 2016
UK | Wells
St Cuthbert’s Church


1 September 2016
UK | Bristol
Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church


31 August 2016
UK | Herefordshire
Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore


30 August 2016
UK | Herefordshire
St Clydawg Church, Clodock


20 August 2016
UK | Jersey
Town Church, St Helier


19 August 2016
UK | Jersey
Fisherman’s Chapel, St Brelade (live on BBC Radio Jersey)


18 August 2016
UK | Jersey
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust


19 June 2016
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (as part of the SJSS Young Artist Series 2015/16 Season)


18 June 2016
UK | Cambridge
Nevile’s Court, Trinity College (as part of ‘Concert in the Court’)


13 May 2016
UK | Cambridge
Bene’t’s Church (as part of Cambridge Early Music’s ‘Festival of the Voice 2016’)


3 May 2016
UK | Ely
Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel


12 April 2016
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (as part of the SJSS Young Artist Series 2015/16 Season)


4 February 2016
UK | London
St John’s Smith Square (opening the SJSS Young Artist Series 2015/16 Season)


2015

30th October 2015 at 7.30pm in Grange Wellington Chapel, Vincent Square, London as part of the Brandenberg Choral Festival

27th October 2015 at 1.10pm in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

16th October 2015 at 1:10pm in St. James’ Church Piccadilly

28th August 2015 at  7.30pm in Boxgrove Priory

27th August 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Martin’s Church, Salisbury

26th August 2015 at 7.30pm in Cheltenham College Chapel

25th August 2015 at 7.30pm in Dore Abbey, Abbeydore

24th August 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Clydawg Church, Clodock

23rd August 2015 at 3pm in St. James the Great, Dursley

22nd August 2015 at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

22nd August 2015 at 1.10pm in Christ Church, Bristol

21st August 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Surbiton

20th August 2015 at 7.30pm in Christ Church, Southgate

13th August 2015 at 4.30pm on BBC Radio 3 In Tune

18th July 2015 at 2.15pm in the National Gallery as part of The Sixteen ‘Sounds Sublime’ Festival

13th May 2015 at 10pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

1st May 2015 at 8.30pm in Kingston, Cambridgeshire

11th March 2015 at 8pm in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

21st February 2015 at 1.15pm in Caius College Chapel, Cambridge

13th February 2015 at 1.10pm in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge

17th January 2015 at 8pm in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge


2014

4th December 2014 at 8pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

11th November 2014 at 1.10pm in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

23rd September 2014 at 8pm in in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

21st May 2014 at 10pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

5th March 2014 at 9pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge