We very much enjoyed performing live on Radio Three on this Tuesday’s edition of In Tune with long-time friend of the group Sean Rafferty. We performed works by Rutter and Eleanor Daley alongside Angelus ad Virginem and group favourite Gaudete, ahead of our Advent and Christmas concerts. You can listen again for the next month by clicking here.
We will be performing live at Sage Gateshead on Friday 29th March as part of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival.
We’re looking forward to singing a wide selection of pieces, including William Byrd’s ‘Aspice Domine’ and ‘The Wind’s Warning’ by Alison Willis, winner of our Composition Competition.
Tune in from 5pm here.
As part of our second Composition Competition, John Rutter CBE has been kind enough to answer questions submitted by composers on a range of topics: from notating scores to having them performed.
This week, we will be releasing one video every day at 5pm, each on a different subject. The full version will be available on YouTube on Saturday 1 December. We will release a transcript on our website for those with hearing loss.
Watch the individual releases on our Facebook page here.
Owain was recently interviewed by Planet Hugill about upcoming concerts at the Temple Winter Festival, including his debut with the BBC Singers, as well as our performance on Thursday 14 December 2017. Here is an extract from the interview:
“Owain Park is a busy young man, as he combines working with his vocal group The Gesualdo Six with a burgeoning conducting career, work as a composer including writing a commission for Nigel Short and Tenebrae’s recent tour, not to mention singing. Owain will be wearing two of these hats during the Temple Winter Festival (11-15 December 2017) when he and The Gesualdo Six will be giving a lunchtime recital, and in another concert Owain will be conducting the BBC Singers.
“The Gesualdo Six’s concert at the Temple Christmas Festival combines early and modern music for Advent and Christmas from Byrd to Cheryl Frances-Hoad, along with some arrangements. Owain explained that the programme brings together pieces from the group’s 2016 Christmas tour, having undergone a process of streamlining, and the intention was to make a programme which was attractive to as wide and audience as possible, and he emphasises that the tickets are cheap too. They will be performing Jonathan Harvey’s Annunciation re-scored for six voices, and Owain sees the piece as having links with the early pieces in the programme. The group has done quite a few performances at St John’s Smith Square (where they were Young Artists in 2015-2016), and Owain comments that it is nice to be appearing elsewhere in London.”