“Ingeniously programmed and impeccably delivered, with that undefinable excitement that comes from a group of musicians working absolutely as one.” – Gramophone (2020)
The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Notable highlights include a concert as part of the distinguished Deutschlandradio Debut Series, debut at Wigmore Hall in 2021, and collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, London Mozart Players, Luxmuralis, William Barton and Matilda Lloyd.
The ensemble integrates educational work into its activities, regularly holding workshops for young musicians and composers. The Gesualdo Six has curated two Composition Competitions, with the 2019 edition attracting entries from over three hundred composers around the world. The group have recently commissioned new works from Joanna Ward, Kerensa Briggs, Deborah Pritchard, Joanna Marsh, and Richard Barnard alongside coronasolfège for 6 by Héloïse Werner.
Videos of the ensemble performing a diverse selection of works filmed in Ely Cathedral have been watched by millions online. The group released their debut recording English Motets on Hyperion Records in early 2018 to critical acclaim, followed by a festive album of seasonal favourites in late 2019, Christmas, and an album of compline-themed music titled Fading which was awarded Vocal & Choral Recording of the Year 2020 by Limelight. A programme celebrating the 500th anniversary of Josquin des Prez titled Josquin’s Legacy followed in late 2021, and Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday was released in Lent 2022.
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Owain Park Director
I felt something click when we came together to rehearse for the first time, and I don’t think we’ve looked back since then! The special feeling of hyper-engaged music-making, coupled with a good deal of enjoyment in each other’s company, has meant that this group has stuck together and embarked on an exciting journey.
I was born in Bristol, and started my musical training with piano lessons before becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church. I then took up the organ and the trumpet, finding a love for improvisation in both. My organ playing took me to Wells Cathedral as Senior Organ Scholar and then to Trinity College Cambridge, where I studied music and undertook a Masters degree in composition.
Guy James Countertenor
Hello – I’m Guy, and I’m proud to be a founding member of The Gesualdo Six. Raised in Dursley in Gloucestershire, I am now based in London. Alongside my work with The Gesualdo Six I have developed a passion for the music, language and history of Italy, and thoroughly enjoy performing regularly with the Italian Ensemble Odhecaton.
Joseph Wicks Tenor
I have been singing with The Gesualdo Six ever since the first concert back in March 2014. At that time, I was Organ Scholar st St John’s College, Cambridge, where I was later to become Assistant Organist. I played the organ there for the world famous college choir for four years, enjoying tours, broadcasts and recordings alongside the daily pattern of services.
Josh Cooter Tenor
I have been singing with The Gesualdo Six since 2016 and love the variety that the group’s schedule brings. I started singing as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral, and later studied music at King’s College London. I now enjoy a busy ensemble career, enjoying singing for some of the UK’s most prestigious consorts such as The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars.
Michael Craddock Baritone
In comparison to some of the other members of the group, some of whom practically came out of the womb singing, I came to music much later. I had fully intended to do something mathematical, but when I joined the choir at Trinity College Cambridge as an undergraduate, I totally fell in love with singing. I threw myself into everything musical I could find at university, and when I graduated I moved to London and started freelancing, working and touring with groups like Gabrieli and The Marian Consort.
Sam Mitchell Bass
My musical education began aged 11 as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral. I was then awarded a music scholarship to Oundle School, and went on to read music at Manchester University. I spent some time as a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral, before joining the back row as a lay clerk in Manchester, Ely and Christchurch Cathedrals. I love playing the piano, and I’m proud to have gained a Distinction in my ABRSM Piano Performance Diploma.
Andrew Leslie Cooper Countertenor (Sept 2019 – June 2021)
Alex Chance Countertenor (May 2016 – Sept 2019)
Hiroshi Amako Tenor (Sept 2014 – June 2016)
Pat Dunachie Countertenor (May 2014 – May 2016)
Jonathan Pacey Bass (March 2014 – Sept 2015)