Summer 2016 concerts

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be touring parts of England this summer. We enjoyed our wonderful (rather busy) tour last August very much and we’ve been working hard to secure further events and concerts for this coming August and September. Full tour dates will be released soon but we can reveal that as part of this summer’s projects we will be heading off-shore for the first time in the group’s history with a trip to the beautiful island of Jersey.

Venturing further north, Leicester has been enjoying a fabulous year so far and we’re excited to visit the city to perform on the 3rd of September. We’re also looking forward to returning to places featured in last year’s tour, including the stunning Dore Abbey, which is nestled in the glorious Herefordshire countryside (see picture below).

With these and many more concerts being planned it’s a very exciting time for the group and we can’t wait to share more details about both this tour and more with you very soon.

Some of the audience arriving just before our concert in Dore Abbey on 25th August 2015.

Dore Abbey before our concert on 25 August 2015.

Brandenburg Choral Festival Concert – This Friday 30th October!

We’re very excited about returning to London to perform a programme of British music this Friday at 7.30pm. We’ll be performing in the intimate setting of Grange Wellington Chapel in Vincent Square, near Victoria station as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s 2015 season.

The first half will feature renaissance masterworks by Cornysh, Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, White and Parsons while the second half will move several centuries forward in time to works by Gabriel Jackson, Joanna Marsh, Jonathan Harvey and Owain Park. We’re also very pleased to be performing some gorgeous folksong arrangements that we really enjoyed exploring on our Summer Tour this August.

Please do come along to support us in you’re free in London this Friday!

Tickets are priced at £18 and are available via this link: http://www.brandenburg.org.uk/gesualdo/fri-30-oct-730pm

Summer Tour 2015

The group before our first concert in Southgate, North London.

The first of many pre-concert selfies taken on tour

In August 2015, we embarked upon our first tour. Many months of planning went in to organising ten concerts over nine days across the South and West of England, starting with a concert in Southgate in North London on the 20th of August (only one day after finishing our recording!). We were really excited to start sharing our music with new audiences across England but it was also lovely to see some familiar and friendly faces in Southgate. We performed a wide selection of music for five voices on the tour, including Byrd’s amazing Mass for five voices. Remaining in London overnight, on Friday the 21st we performed in St. Andrew’s Church in Surbiton, South London, close to where baritone Michael Craddock lives. Here we performed a different programme built around Tallis’ wonderful Nine Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter, the third of which contains the theme that Ralph Vaughan Williams was to use 300 years later for his famous Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. St. Andrew’s is a lovely church to sing in and we enjoyed performing in different parts of the church.

Preparation underway for our concert on the 21st August 2015 in St. Andrew's Church in Surbiton!

The group find something very thought-provoking in the score during rehearsal for the second of our tour concerts in St. Andrew’s Church, Surbiton

The first two concerts in London under our belt, next morning we headed west to Bristol, hometown of our director Owain, for a Saturday double-bill starting with a lunchtime concert in Christ Church, City Centre. Here we performed a selection from Flemish mass settings by composers including Ockeghem and Josquin des Prez. After an afternoon with Owain’s family in Bristol we performed a concert that Saturday evening in Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church, including two sets of fantastic works by Poulenc, including the five fun songs of Les Petites Voix, originally set for three-part children’s chorus, performed by Hiroshi, Mike and Owain.

With Sunday intended as a rest-day we headed in the morning to Dursley, 20 miles north of Bristol, and the hometown of our countertenor Guy James. It was a lovely opportunity to perform a shortened programme in St. James’ Parish Church to our largest audience to date. Afterwards there was a delicious tea in the church and the group enjoyed the opportunity to explore the area’s beautiful walks and local establishments.

The view from Stinchcombe golf course, Dursley on the 23rd August 2015.

The view south from Stinchcombe Hill in Dursley the day of our concert in St. James Parish Church, on the 23rd August

We were now halfway through our journey and it was time to head into the wilds of Herefordshire! Monday evening saw us performing in the beautiful and ancient St. Clydawg church in Clodock and it was a testament to how friendly and enthusiastic our reception was that we saw so many of the Monday night’s audience at our concert the next day in the stunning setting of Dore Abbey. There were many personal highlights for us all over the course of the tour, and the enduring silence after the end of Gesualdo’s madrigal Sparge la Morte is one that will stay with us all for a very long time. It was great to perform an extended programme in Dore Abbey and this set us up well for the remaining concerts.  Following the Dore Abbey concert we continued what had become a habit of eating late by driving what felt like rather fast down tiny country lanes in the pitch black to a very welcoming restaurant where we were able to share a much-required bottle of wine. The scenery in and around Clodock where we were staying was absolutely breathtaking and we were glad to be able to explore a little during the day.

Jonny with Offa's famous dyke.

Jonny with Offa’s famous dyke in the background, very near where we were staying in Herefordshire

Wednesday morning saw the group decamping to Cheltenham for a concert in Cheltenham College Chapel. We really enjoyed performing in the chapel, which is one of the largest school chapels in the country. The afternoon saw most of the group on the college lawn practising our cricketing skills! The pitch is home to a cricket festival in the summer and is also used by Gloucestershire Cricket Club to train and relaxing on the grass with the chapel and picturesque college dining hall in the background was a real treat. That evening saw a post-concert reception in the Beehive local pub and after a night staying in Dursley we set off to Salisbury for a concert in the St. Martin’s Church there. The acoustics of the church were absolutely enchanting, making Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah particularly special to perform. Tenor Joseph Wicks is a resident of Salisbury and his family were very kind to set up a BBQ and accommodate us all. A few rounds of the addictive dice game Perudo and a delicious late dinner followed our concert and the following morning the Six were travelling again, heading to Boxgrove Priory for our final tour concert. On the journey the group stopped by the beautiful Cathedral in Chichester for some afternoon tea under clear blue skies. Somehow we had survived 12 days of continuous recording and performing. As Owain put it at our concert in Southgate, “Some people would describe it as ambitious. We think it’s insane.”

Cricket on Cheltenham Lawn

Sometimes the best concert preparations happen outside

We were very lucky to sing in some incredible churches over the tour, and Boxgrove priory certainly didn’t disappoint for our final venue: Situated in a beautiful part of the world, the priory really is a hidden gem, providing the perfect setting for an emotional end to the tour. After the last set of folksongs from all around the British Isles, we invited our tour manager Hannah King to the front in order to recognise and thank her for her continued work and support for the group. Hannah’s level-headedness and willingness to put up posters, go in search of lights, water and/or power sockets, often in the rain or at the end of a long day was a constant inspiration and we are all very grateful to her and indeed to all those who came and supported us to whatever extent over the tour. The Gesualdo Six would also like to specifically thank all those who welcomed the members of the group into their homes during the tour. A lovely variety of family and friends, old and new! We are very much looking forward to exploring more of the country in the future. Watch this space!

The tour team after our final concert in Boxgrove Priory - feeling a strange mixture of exhileration, sadness and relief!

The tour team in Boxgrove Priory after our last concert, feeling a strange mixture of exhilaration, sadness and relief

Joseph Wicks: Bringing The Gesualdo Six to Salisbury

Tenor Joseph Wicks writes about returning to Salisbury with us this summer:

“Ever since the group performed its first concert 18 months ago, I’ve wanted to bring them down from Cambridge to Salisbury, and in particular to the glorious acoustic of St Martin’s. It will suit the size and sound of The Gesualdo Six absolutely perfectly, and this concert will be a good opportunity to say thank you for the help that Salisbury’s musical scene gave me for so many years.” 

Tickets are available from our Box Office, can be reserved in advance or bought on the door. 
Online booking: Salisbury Concert
Email: info@thegesualdosix.co.uk


Joseph Wicks Tenor JW

Joseph Wicks is currently studying for a degree in Music at Cambridge University whilst being Junior Organ Scholar at St John’s College. He spent a gap year as Organ Scholar of Hereford Cathedral, and before this was the Sixth Form Organ Scholar at Lancing College. He began his musical education as a Chorister, later Bishop’s (Head) Chorister of Salisbury Cathedral, singing there for six years where he first enjoyed the daily round of evensong and the rich repertoire of an English Cathedral Choir.

Joseph is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) and twice won the Lancing College music competition on the organ. Recent recital venues include Hereford Cathedral, St John’s College, Cambridge and St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. Joseph’s ultimate ambition is to be a Cathedral organist and Director of Music.

In addition, Joseph has remained a keen singer, now being taught by David Lowe in Cambridge. He is a graduate of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme for talented young singers run by internationally renowned choir The Sixteen and its director Harry Christophers.

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

12 July 2019
UK | Harrogate
St Wilfred’s Church | Harrogate International Festival


9 July 2019
UK | London
St Michael’s, Highgate | Muswell Hill Music Festival


29 June 2019
Portugal | Espinho


7 June 2019
UK | London
Lambeth Palace | London Choral Day organised by Martin Randall Travel


11 May 2019
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


3 May 2019
UK | Stockbridge


30 April 2019
Italy | Belluno


24 April 2019

Slovenia | Ljubliana


10 April 2019
Switzerland | Lausanne


29 March 2019
UK | Gateshead
The Sage, Gateshead | BBC Free Thinking Festival
Listen again on BBC Radio 3


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
More information


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)


6 January 2018
UK | Bristol
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym (Epiphany Concert)


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)


2 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)


30 October 2015
UK | London
Grange Wellington Chapel, Vincent Square (as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival)


27 October 2015
UK | Cambridge
West Road Concert Hall


16 October 2015
UK | London
St James’ Church Piccadilly


28 August 2015
UK | Chichester
Boxgrove Priory


27 August 2015
UK | Salisbury
St Martin’s Church


26 August 2015
UK | Cheltenham
Cheltenham College Chapel


25 August 2015
UK | Herefordshire
Dore Abbey, Abbeydore


24 August 2015
UK | Herefordshire
St Clydawg Church, Clodock


23 August 2015
UK | Gloucestershire
St James the Great, Dursley


22 August 2015
UK | Bristol
Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym


22 August 2015
UK | Bristol
Christ Church


21 August 2015
UK | Surbiton
St Andrew’s Church


20 August 2015
UK | London
Christ Church, Southgate


13 August 2015
Live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune


18 July 2015
UK | London
The National Gallery (as part of The Sixteen ‘Sounds Sublime’ Festival)


13 May 2015
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


1 May 2015
UK | Cambridgeshire
Kingston


11 March 2015
UK | Cambridge
King’s College Chapel


21 February 2015
UK | Cambridge
Caius College Chapel


13 February 2015
UK | Cambridge
St John’s College Chapel


17 January 2015
UK | Cambridge
Jesus College Chapel


4 December 2014
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


11 November 2014
UK | Cambridge
West Road Concert Hall


23 September 2014
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


21 May 2014
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel


5 March 2014
UK | Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel