#singwithG6: Rheinberger’s Abendlied

Now it’s your turn! For our first #singwithG6 we have chosen one of our favourite pieces: a sacred motet by Josef Rheinberger which the composer first penned in 1855 at the age of 15. It is perhaps his most famous choral work, which looks backward to the great sacred music of the Renaissance.

We recorded this piece from our separate homes during isolation and hope you will enjoy singing along from yours!

Download the sheet music here


Text and translations

Bleib bei uns,
denn es will Abend werden,
und der Tag hat sich geneiget.

Bide with us,
for evening shadows darken,
and the day will soon be over.

Resta con noi,
poiché viene la sera,
e il giorno volge al termine.


Read more about the composer here

Listen to more works inspired by dusk on our third album, Fading

Explore more #singwithG6 projects on YouTube

Music at the Tower

On Saturday 1 August, we will be performing our first open-air concert since lockdown as part of ‘Music at the Tower’.

The series is an impromptu summer festival started by Mary Bevan MBE and William Thomas, held at the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey. The aim is to create opportunities for local performers and bring live classical music back after its enforced hibernation.

From Music at the Tower

Expect a magical atmosphere in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden of Remembrance at Hornsey Church Tower with Owain Park and his excellent group of singers.

As usual, bring your picnics, chairs, drinks and friends and arrive early for a good spot. Please come prepared to donate by cash or card to Help Musicians UK and follow all the guidelines we have in place for social distancing. Please also donate to the fund to pay the musicians directly by visiting www.gofundme.com/musicatthetower

Further information

Link to the event on Facebook

Directions to St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey

A view of the performance space, set in beautiful gardens under the St Mary’s Tower

SJSS Digital Exchange project

We are delighted that our performance at St John’s Smith Square next week has been chosen by DCMS as a pilot concert *with* a socially distanced audience.

If you would like to win a pair of tickets to this event then please send us an email with an answer to the following question:

Who composed the title track on our latest CD, ‘Fading’?

A winner will be randomly selected by 12noon tomorrow (Monday 27 July).
The concert takes place on Tuesday 28 July at 7.30pm, and will also be broadcast on Tuesday 4 August.

Rigorous steps have been taken by SJSS to minimise risk. Anyone attending the concert will need to agree to the following statement: “I understand that this is a pilot activity and steps have been followed to minimise the risk surrounding this activity and I am happy to accept the risks involved.”

Further details regarding health and safety will be communicated with ticket holders.

Good luck!

Read more

Rhinegold

Planet Hugill

Colins Column

Live from London: Tickets

Our performance takes place on Saturday 29 August 2020 at 7pm BST, live from the VOCES8 Centre in London.

We will be singing music from our Fading programme: inspired by the ancient service of compline, including works by Tallis, Gombert, Joanna Marsh and Arvo Pärt.

Find out more about the series here.

Placing an order directly with us significantly benefits G6 at no extra cost to you. Our ticket holders will be invited to a pre-concert talk on Friday 28 August with composer of ‘Fading’, Joanna Marsh. We are grateful for your support.


Season Tickets grant access to the complete series, working out at just £8 per performance.


Watch clips from our Fading programme ahead of the live performance on 29 August 2020

Live from London

We are delighted to be taking part in a new online vocal festival, Live from London, which features some of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

We will be performing on Saturday 29 August 2020 at 7pm BST / 2pm EST live from the VOCES8 Centre in London.

Our programme is inspired by the ancient service of compline, including works by Tallis, Gombert, Joanna Marsh and Arvo Pärt. Read more about Fading here.

Ordering your tickets directly from us will significantly benefit G6 at no extra cost to you. We will also be holding a pre-concert talk on Friday 28 August with composer of ‘Fading’, Joanna Marsh.

We would be extremely grateful if you would consider placing an order below.


About the series

Live from London features some of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, including VOCES8, I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Swingles, The Sixteen (from Kings Place), The Gesualdo Six, Apollo5, Chanticleer (from San Francisco) and a special guest appearance by The Academy of Ancient Music.

This line-up of artists has never before appeared together in the same festival. It will be the first time many of us will have performed since the start of lockdown.

“After six months apart, it is quite simply a momentous occasion for The Sixteen to be reunited again for this concert. We are delighted to be a part of Live from London” – Harry Christophers

Watch the series trailer on Vimeo

Tickets

Ordering your tickets directly from us will significantly benefit G6 at no extra cost to you. Our ticket holders will be invited to a pre-concert talk on Friday 28 August with composer of ‘Fading’, Joanna Marsh. We are grateful for your support.

Ticket holders will be able to watch live and/or on demand from the date of broadcast until 3rd October. In addition, ticket holders will be granted viewing rights to the full 4K concert film(s) from 4-31 October.


Live from London – The Gesualdo Six

Saturday 29 August at 7pm BST / 2pm EST

Since the fourth century, the service of Compline has marked the end of the day, ushering in the darkness of the night. Much of our programme is inspired by this ancient service, evoking a contemplative atmosphere. Renaissance polyphony by Tallis, Byrd and Gesualdo that contains startling harmonic shifts and expressive word painting is juxtaposed with contemporary reflections by Arvo Pärt, Joanna Marsh and Veljo Tormis.

Purchase our third album, Fading, here.

Watch clips from our Fading programme ahead of the live performance on 29 August 2020

Live from London – press

Find out more about Live from London

Live from London
Concert Poster

New Podcast – Isolation Special

We’re pleased to have released a new edition of our podcast. Episode three is our Isolation Special: Bringing you all the news and views from the members of The Gesualdo Six and their friends in isolation. Featuring a discussion about the voice and acoustics with countertenor duo Guy and Andrew, Sam baking some bread, and Josh seeing a giraffe on a bicycle.

Listen in with your normal podcast provider, on Spotify, through Apple Podcasts, or on our Simplecast page.

New Commission: Joanna Ward

We are terrifically excited to share a photo of our first commission as a group, ‘Christus factus est’ from British composer Joanna Ward.

Joanna Ward received first prize in the under-18 category of our 2016 Composition Competition, and when the opportunity for a new setting of this text arose we really wanted to see what her response would be. 

We’ve tried a few bars over Zoom and it’s going to be one of our new favourites, and hopefully yours too.

The premiere was scheduled for our performance at the Aldeburgh Festival on 26 June 2020, which has unfortunately been cancelled. However, we look forward to revealing a new date to showcase Joanna’s latest work soon.

Find out more about Joanna’s music here.

Fading Review: Choir and Organ

We were delighted to read that our latest CD ‘Fading‘ had received a five-star review in the April edition of Choir and Organ magazine by Brian Morton:

“Combining Tallis and Gesualdo with modern/contemporary composers such as Sarah Rimkus and Gerda Blok-Wilson and the late Veljo Tormis can be tricky for an ensemble, but The Gesualdo Six and Owain Park are fearless and have shaped a programme that almost plays out as a composed sequence. The singing is impeccable… A wonderful recording.”

BBC Radio 3 – Record Review: Fading

We were delighted to be featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review this morning with our third album: Fading.

Anna Lapwood was discussing our recording with Andrew McGregor:

“I think The Gesualdo Six and Owain Park are just incredible at this ingenious programming, so there’s this melding of renaissance polyphony with contemporary choral music.

“I feel it’s a very classy way to look at music by female composers that people might not know… It’s just extremely good all woven together with this thread of music for night-time, music for compline.

Blend and intonation really are [impeccable]… You can tell this is a group that work together almost constantly, they know each other’s voices so well… solo singing with a really clear sensitivity of ensemble.

“A beautiful recording.”

It was lovely to hear the title track by Joanna Marsh being played nation-wide and our own Owain Park’s Phos Hilaron. Keen fans might notice that we were reviewed alongside The Marian Consort’s Singing in Secret featuring Michael and his fiancée Helen and also De Profundis’ Esquivel: Missa Hortus Conclusus which Guy is singing on also, so quite a bumper week!

You can listen again to the broadcast by clicking here, and hear our segment by playing from 2:02:00 in.

Holy Week Series

To coincide with the release of our third album, Fading, we had organised a series of concerts in the UK and Ireland themed around music for Holy Week.

Sadly, owing to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel or postpone all our concerts over the next two months. Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.


14 March 2020
UK | London
St Bartholomew the Great
FADING (CD launch event)
Start time: 7.00 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
UK | Bury St Edmunds
St Mary’s Church
PASSIO
Start time: 8.00 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
UK | Cambridge
St John’s College Chapel
PASSIO
Start time: 8.00 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
UK | Exeter
St David’s Church
FADING
Start time: 7.30 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
UK | Truro
Truro Cathedral
PASSIO
Start time: 6.00 PM
More Information


POSTPONED
UK | Truro
Truro Cathedral
GESUALDO: TENEBRAE RESPONSORIES


POSTPONED
UK | Bridgwater
St Mary’s Church
FADING
Start time: 7.30 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
UK | Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe
FADING
Start time: 7.30 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
Ireland | Dublin
St Ann’s, Dawson Street
FADING
Start time: 7.30 PM
Ticket Link


POSTPONED
Ireland | Kilkenny
St Canice’s Cathedral
GESUALDO: TENEBRAE RESPONSORIES
Start time: 7.00 PM
Ticket Link