We are delighted to reveal Andrew Leslie Cooper as our new colleague in the second countertenor position. Andrew has been performing with us since June and replaces Alexander Chance as a full-time member of the group.
“It is an absolute dream come true to be joining The Gesualdo Six. Until 18 months ago I was studying at Westminster Choir College in the United States, where I’d lived since my teenage years. I stumbled upon G6’s Ely Cathedral videos and from then on, it became dream of mine to sing with the group. Now, I actually have to pinch myself to believe that I got the job. I’m really looking forward to all the touring and recording I’ll be doing with G6 in the coming years, as well as the obligatory cricket!”
We are sad to announce that Alexander Chance is leaving the group after three years. He has been a fantastic colleague, and his wonderful singing and musicianship, humour and cricketing prowess will be greatly missed.
“In the frantic rush to find Christmas presents for friends and family, I am minded to give only one thing this year: the recent Christmas CD by The Gesualdo Six. I do not say this in an attempt to plug the disc, which is selling very well; more out of pride that I can say I was part of it, and that I can cherish it as a memento of my time with the group. I was lucky enough to sing with The Gesualdo Six for three years–a time of great development for all of us–and left earlier this year with only the fondest memories, of splendid music-making in fantastic venues, and of great friendships. This disc represents, I think, the best of what we were able to achieve in those three years: a pure blend, which allows individual colour to shine through, and the versatility to engage with a vast repertoire. I am very sad to have left.”
Here are some of our favourite photos of his time with us. We wish Alexander the best as he pursues his solo singing career, and look forward to making an announcement about our new colleague shortly.
“I for one am hugely looking forward to returning home to Salisbury with the group for several reasons. Firstly, it will be a joy to give a concert once again at St Martin’s, a church in which I gave many a school concert, occasionally practised the organ and regularly visit to hear other local musicians perform. Secondly, we will also be singing to the children and staff of the cathedral school during their weekly assembly in the cathedral itself. This will not only be a magical moment for the ensemble to perform in such an iconic, vast and wonderful building, but will also be a magical moment for me, to sing to the current pupils of my alma mater! For a school to meet each week in Salisbury Cathedral is a privilege, and I’m so pleased that we are able to sing to the school.”
The Gesualdo Six perform in St Martin’s Church, Salisbury, on 9 December 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in advance from Eventbrite (click here).
We are thrilled to announce that we have appointed Alex Chance as our new Countertenor II. Alex recently graduated from New College, Oxford, where he read Classics and was a choral scholar under the direction of Edward Higginbottom and Robert Quinney. Born in London, Alex took up the recorder at the age of 7, and sang as a treble in the Eton Chapel Choir under Ralph Allwood before moving to countertenor for his last three years. Recent appearances have included a joint recital with his father, Michael Chance, in the 2015 Stour Festival, solo appearances under Richard Cooke and Mark Deller in Kent, as well as choral projects with Tenebrae, the Tallis Scholars and Vox Luminis. He is also a keen sportsman, and represented New College in both football and cricket, despite, in the case of the latter, often having to leave after the first innings to go and sing.
Alex will perform with us for the first time in St John’s Smith Square on 19 June, a performance that includes the winning entries of our composition competition. Here are a few words from him:
“The Gesualdo Six sing with such style and musicianship, and I’m delighted to be joining them as they continue to build their already impressive reputation. I was entranced by their recent recording of Rheinberger’s ‘Abendlied’, and I’m really excited to be able to be part of all their exciting projects, especially with a group of such lovely guys.”