Joseph on returning to Salisbury

Joseph Wicks – tenor Joseph Wicks - The Gesualdo Six (Leicester)

“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).

Find out more about our Christmas Tour here.

‘Live in Concert’ series

We had a wonderful time on our second summer tour, performing in six venues around the UK. We are delighted to be able to share some of our performances with you, and will be releasing some videos over the coming weeks. Our first release is Robert Parsons’ motet, ‘Deliver me from mine enemies’, performed live in St James the Greater, Leicester.

Summer Tour 2016

This summer the group embarked on our second Summer Tour. We had a fabulous time travelling around England, performing in new venues revisiting some of our favourites from last summer. We also performed overseas for the first time, enjoying several days of beautiful weather and some beach cricket on the stunning Isle of Jersey. We all really enjoyed welcoming our newest members Alex and Josh, and we’re very excited about working together lots more over the coming months.

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Tuesday 30th August – CLODOCK
St Clydawg Church | 7.30pm

Wednesday 31st August – ABBEY DORE
Dore Abbey | 7.30pm

Thursday 1st September – BRISTOL
Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church | 7.30pm

Friday 2nd September – WELLS
St Cuthbert’s Church | 7.30pm

Saturday 3rd September – LEICESTER
St James the Greater | 7.30pm

Sunday 4th September – WORCESTER
St Martin’s Church, London Road | 3pm

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Programmes spanned a wide range of repertoire, from early renaissance music to music by living composers, including:

– English renassiance polyphony by Sheppard, Cornysh, Tallis and Byrd
– Music from the continent by Schütz, Gesualdo and Monteverdi
– Folksong arrangements from the British Isles, featuring Molly Malone, the Oak and the Ash, Migildi Magaldi and Red Red Rose
– Modern works by Joanna Marsh, Sarah Rimkus and Joanna Ward
– Light music arrangements including My Funny Valentine, Silence is Golden and Miss Otis Regrets

The Gesualdo Six - Summer Tour 2016 Poster

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Visit this page to find out more about our tour to Jersey.

Jersey Tour 2016

For our first overseas venture, we are delighted to visit the beautiful island of Jersey for a four day tour.

The main event is a concert in the town church of Saint Helier on Saturday 20 August at 7.30pm. We will also be appearing live on BBC Radio Jersey, and singing at Durrell Wildlife Park to support their important conservation work.

Alongside stunning sacred and secular works from the renaissance, our programme for the St Helier concert will include light music arrangements and modern works by British composers, including Gabriel Jackson and Alexander L’Estrange.

“The coolest vocal group around . . . revel in the gorgeous sounds, the spellbinding music, the programmes with something for everyone. Don’t miss them, I guarantee you’ll have the best evening ever.” – John Rutter, 2016.

Later in August, we also embark on a second summer tour, performing varied programmes of music in Herefordshire, Bristol, Wells, Leicester and Worcester. For more, visit this page

Tickets: £15, available on the door. £10 tickets for under-18s, with proceeds from the concert supporting Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. 

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.

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