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ICA is delighted to present world-renowned chamber choir The Sixteen on a return visit to Dublin. On 10 October 2015, under the care of long-time Music Director Harry Christophers CBE, The Sixteen will perform a sold-out concert of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin in the glorious setting of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Not to be missed!
10 Oct 2015
ICA is delighted to present world-renowned chamber choir The Sixteen on a return visit to Dublin. On 10 October 2015, under the care of long-time Music Director Harry Christophers CBE, The...
Saturday 10 October 2015
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
MONTEVERDI Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
After thirty-three years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers CBE.
At home in the UK, The Sixteen are “The Voices of Classic FM” and Associate Artists of The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The group promotes The Choral Pilgrimage, an annual tour of the UK’s finest cathedrals which aims to bring music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen features in the highly successful BBC television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale – an hour-long programme was aired in December 2011, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria.
The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, London, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Cité de la musique, Paris, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Sydney Opera House. Festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Granada, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Prague, Bremen, La Chaise Dieu and Salzburg.
Over 100 recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of 500 years, winning many awards including the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music” and the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance which was recorded as part of the group’s contract with Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2009 The Sixteen was given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone “Artist of the Year” as well as “Best Baroque Vocal” for its recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
Since 2001, The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which released its 100th title in spring 2012. Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue of releases, containing music from the Renaissance and Baroque through to great works of our time. Recent releases include Handel’s Saul and the BBC’s Sacred Music: God’s Composer DVD about Tomás Luis de Victoria.
In 2011, the group launched a new training programme for young singers called Genesis Sixteen. Aimed at 18-23 year-olds, this is the UK’s first fully-funded choral programme for young singers designed specifically to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner.
For more information on The Sixteen, Harry Christophers and CORO, please visit www.thesixteen.com.
Founder and Conductor
Harry Christophers CBE is known internationally as founder and conductor of The Sixteen as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen choir and orchestra throughout Europe, America and Asia-Pacific, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and 20th-century music.
He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising over 100 titles) for which he has won numerous awards including the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music” and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone “Artist of the Year” award as well as “Best Baroque Vocal” for Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
Harry Christophers has been Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society since 2008 and will continue in this role until at least 2015. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra and regularly appears with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
As well as performing on the concert stage Harry Christophers continues to lend his artistic direction to opera. In 2006, Mozart’s anniversary year, he conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Granada Festival and after the outstanding success at Buxton Opera in past seasons, he returned in 2012 to conduct Handel’s Jephtha. Previous opera productions also include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Purcell’s King Arthur for Lisbon Opera, Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Handel’s Ariodante and Gluck’s Orfeo for English National Opera and the UK première of Messager’s Fortunio for Grange
Harry Christophers received a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.