“Ingeniously programmed and impeccably delivered, with that undefinable excitement that comes from a group of musicians working absolutely as one.” – Gramophone (2020)
The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over 150 performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first five years. During this time, The Gesualdo Six further strengthened a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.
The Gesualdo Six regularly performs at festivals around Europe, and will tour Australia, Canada, Mexico and the USA in 2020. The ensemble often incorporates educational work into its activities, holding workshops for choirs and composers and giving concerts alongside local performers. The Gesualdo Six has curated two Composition Competitions, with the 2019 edition attracting entries from over three hundred composers around the world.
The ensemble released their debut recording ‘English Motets’ on Hyperion Records in early 2018 to critical acclaim, followed by a festive album of seasonal favourites in late 2019, ‘Christmas’. The group’s latest recording is an album of compline-themed music titled ‘Fading’.
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Owain Park Director
I felt something click when we came together to rehearse for the first time, and I don’t think we’ve looked back since then! The special feeling of hyper-engaged music-making, coupled with a good deal of enjoyment in each other’s company, has meant that this group has stuck together and embarked on an exciting journey.
I was born in Bristol, and started my musical training with piano lessons before becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church. I then took up the organ and the trumpet, finding a love for improvisation in both. My organ playing took me to Wells Cathedral as Senior Organ Scholar and then to Trinity College Cambridge, where I studied music, learning orchestration with John Rutter before undertaking a Masters degree in composition.
Guy James Countertenor
Hello – I’m Guy, and I’m proud to be a founding member of The Gesualdo Six. Raised in Dursley in Gloucestershire, I am now based in London. Alongside my work with The Gesualdo Six I have developed a passion for the music, language and history of Italy, and thoroughly enjoy performing regularly with the Italian Ensemble Odhecaton.
Andrew Leslie Cooper Countertenor
The 2019 season marks my first with The Gesualdo Six and I am delighted to be part of the group! I enjoy making my music as a freelance countertenor, conductor, and keyboardist. Before 2018, I was based in the United States, where I had lived since childhood. There, I was active with ensembles such as the Spoleto Festival Chorus, TENET, and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.
Joseph Wicks Tenor
I have been singing with The Gesualdo Six ever since the first concert back in March 2014. At that time, I was Organ Scholar st St John’s College, Cambridge, where I was later to become Assistant Organist. I played the organ there for the world famous college choir for four years, enjoying tours, broadcasts and recordings alongside the daily pattern of services.
Josh Cooter Tenor
I have been singing with The Gesualdo Six since 2016 and love the variety that the group’s schedule brings. I started singing as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral, and later studied music at King’s College London. I now enjoy a busy ensemble career, enjoying singing for some of the UK’s most prestigious consorts such as The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars.
Michael Craddock Baritone
In comparison to some of the other members of the group, some of whom practically came out of the womb singing, I came to music much later. I had fully intended to do something mathematical, but when I joined the choir at Trinity College Cambridge as an undergraduate, I totally fell in love with singing. I threw myself into everything musical I could find at university, and when I graduated I moved to London and started freelancing, working and touring with groups like Gabrieli and The Marian Consort.
Sam Mitchell Bass
My musical education began aged 11 as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral. I was then awarded a music scholarship to Oundle School, and went on to read music at Manchester University. I spent some time as a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral, before joining the back row as a lay clerk in Manchester, Ely and Christchurch Cathedrals. I love playing the piano, and I’m proud to have gained a Distinction in my ABRSM Piano Performance Diploma.
Alex Chance Countertenor (May 2016 – Sept 2019)
Hiroshi Amako Tenor (Sept 2014 – June 2016)
Pat Dunachie Countertenor (May 2014 – May 2016)
Jonathan Pacey Bass (March 2014 – Sept 2015)