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  • Biography | The Sixteen
    actor Simon Russell Beale the latest 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 London The Bridgewater Hall Manchester Cité de la musique Paris Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sydney Opera House Festival appearances include the BBC Proms Hong Kong Wellington 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 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 has released over 120 titles to date 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 further volumes in both the Palestrina and Monteverdi series Handel s Jephtha and Monteverdi s Vespers of 1610 are due for release this autumn In 2011 the group launched Genesis Sixteen a new training programme for young singers Aimed at 18 to 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

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  • Ben Davies | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    me are those epic works from the English Renaissance Gaude Gloriosa by Tallis Media Vita by Sheppard Peccavimus cum patribus nostris by Tye and Infelix Ego b y Byrd But the one that I can listen to again and again is the Parsons O bone jesu What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever performed Without a doubt it was Messiaen s Cinq Rechants which we performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall It is a fabulous piece but I don t know if I got any of the notes right Coincidentally up until then the hardest thing I had done on stage was pageturning for a performance of Messiaen s Vingt Regards sur l Enfant Jésus Two hours of terror Do you have a party trick and if so what is it Nowadays I am more likely to fall asleep at parties than do any tricks What do you think you would be doing if you weren t a musician I think I would probably be an airline pilot or something practical like a carpenter What would your ultimate desert island disc be Homogenic by Björk Lots of good memories What would you eat for your last supper Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon And the obligatory question What football team do you support I liked watching the Thame United Under 6s when my son was playing All the children tried to play in every position at the same time It was a bit like watching iron filings being pulled around on a piece of paper I don t like any other football teams Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Ben Davies About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact Us Support Have you been captivated

    Original URL path: http://www.thesixteen.com/page/ben-davies (2016-02-10)
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  • Ian Aitkenhead | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    This year s Choral Pilgrimage finishes with Vox patris caelestis by William Mundy I always come off stage thinking that s an amazing piece But I feel that about so much of the repertoire we perform I genuinely feel it is a privilege to be allowed to sing such fine music with such talented colleagues What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever sung Different pieces present very different challenges Singing a single plainsong line by candlelight while processing around a dark medieval church with an uneven floor can be as much of a challenge as the most angular and unpredictable contemporary music I think the most challenging piece I ve sung with The Sixteen though would probably be Figure humaine by Poulenc Does anyone in the choir have any annoying or unusual habits Yes That s all I m going to say Who were you or would you be nervous to meet I think I was probably very nervous when I first met the legendary countertenor James Bowman but he like most of my singing heroes is such a charming engaging and friendly person that the nerves were gone in an instant What do you think you would be doing if you weren t a singer That s an easy one with a boring answer I read Law at university and if I hadn t decided to take a short break from that to get the singing out of my system a short break which so far has lasted over 15 years I d be a lawyer What would your ultimate desert island disc be I d opt for the complete back catalogue of Pink Floyd If you were going to force me to pick one disc I would have to toss a coin to

    Original URL path: http://www.thesixteen.com/page/ian-aitkenhead (2016-02-10)
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  • Kim Porter | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    2010 Choral Pilgrimage What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever sung Notes wise probably Brian Ferneyhough s Missa Brevis it s fiendish but I quite like it Who were you or would you be nervous to meet I ve sung for Boulez Pete the Beat and used to be quite apprehensive about rehearsing with him What do you think you would be doing if you weren t a singer I might be a chef What would your ultimate desert island disc be Bach s B Minor Mass What would you eat for your last supper A feisty chicken curry And the obligatory question What football team do you support Sunderland occasionally Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Kim Porter About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact Us Support Have you been captivated by The Sixteen Click here to find out how you can make a difference to the future of the choir Read More Home About Concerts Education Genesis Sixteen Shop Support The Sixteen Ltd Reg No 1930741 The Sixteen Prods Ltd Reg No 4252277 Registered Office Quadrant House 10 Fleet Street London

    Original URL path: http://www.thesixteen.com/page/kim-porter (2016-02-10)
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  • Julie Cooper | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    heartfelt passionate and moves me deeply Do you have a party trick and if so what is it I m pretty good at singing Whitney Houston with Carolyn Sampson in Spanish bars What do you think you would be doing if you weren t a musician If I wasn t a singer i d probably be a writer or a homeopath What would your ultimate desert island disc be It would be a toss up between St Matthew Passion and Sigur Ros What would you eat for your last supper Lamb red wine and pick n mix And the obligatory question What football team do you support No football team I m afraid but I m an avid tennis fan especially if Nadal is playing Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Julie Cooper About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact Us Support Have you been captivated by The Sixteen Click here to find out how you can make a difference to the future of the choir Read More Home About Concerts Education Genesis Sixteen Shop Support The Sixteen Ltd Reg No 1930741 The Sixteen Prods Ltd Reg No

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  • Grace Davidson | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    Luckily but rather embarrassingly Harry caught me by the arm I no longer wear pop socks What s your favourite Sixteen recording This is a very difficult question A disc that was recorded before my time as a member but that I listen to time and time again on my iPod is the Jesu Membre Nostri by Buxtehude It is sung and played with such expression and I love it Where did you train study I began my musical life as a violinist but soon discovered how hard string players have to practice and quickly switched to singing From here I was offered a place at The Royal Academy of Music where I spent six painful years doing my degree and postgraduate What are your hobbies and interests I am a very keen cook and I love a good game of Scrabble What else do you do professionally when not singing with The Sixteen The Sixteen are so wonderfully busy and I count myself very lucky honoured to be a core member of the group Like all my other soprano colleagues in The Sixteen I do a regular amount of solo work consort work lots of recordings commercial sessions for film and tv I mostly have an extremely enjoyable balance of work but I also have a one and three year old to juggle into the mix so it can be challenging What football team do you support Not into footy sorry Harry Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Grace Davidson About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact Us Support Have you been captivated by The Sixteen Click here to find out how you can make a difference to the future of the choir Read More Home About

    Original URL path: http://www.thesixteen.com/page/3102/Grace-Davidson/22 (2016-02-10)
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  • Sally Dunkley | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    and wonderfully quirky music I m taking a week out of my holiday this summer in order to perform it couldn t bear to miss it What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever sung The most interesting challenge for me is the music of Josquin how to sing it in a way that makes sense of the phrases and how to convey the logic behind their development Who were you or would you be nervous to meet Bach Standing in front of his statue in Leipzig last year was a profound experience What would your ultimate desert island disc be White s Christe qui lux es et dies IV What would you eat for your last supper My default setting is generally toast and butter or rather butter and toast Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Sally Dunkley About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact Us Support Have you been captivated by The Sixteen Click here to find out how you can make a difference to the future of the choir Read More Home About Concerts Education Genesis Sixteen Shop Support The Sixteen

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  • Kirsty Hopkins | Meet the singers | The Sixteen
    can tap dance if that counts Who were you or would you be nervous to meet I don t think I d be particularly nervous to meet anyone although if you fancy setting up a meeting with George Clooney we could test that theory What do you think you would be doing if you weren t a singer I ve done a fair amount of producing records which I love so it would be that I suppose What would your ultimate desert island disc be Deborah York singing the aria Quietly Night and Cabaletta I go I go to him from Stravinsky s The Rake s Progress is about as close to heaven as it gets in my opinion What would you eat for your last supper Sushi or roast dinner Don t make me choose I can t And the obligatory question What football team do you support I m a world cup only football fan so it would be England I guess Although does screaming at a screen count as support Back to Meet the singers Home About The Ensemble Meet the singers Kirsty Hopkins About The Ensemble Harry Christophers Eamonn Dougan News and Reviews Current Vacancies Contact

    Original URL path: http://www.thesixteen.com/page/3102/Kirsty-Hopkins/15 (2016-02-10)
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