The Gesualdo Six will be appearing on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on Thursday 13th August at 4.30pm. Tune in to hear three pieces of Renaissance music that will be included in the tour programme across parts of the UK this summer. Visit the In Tune website here.
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
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.
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.
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.’
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!
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!
Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Traditional, arranged by Philip Lawson
Recorded September 2014; released 1st December 2014
“Fabulous singing! Thank you!” Philip Lawson, 2nd December 2014