Gothic Voices (UK vocal group specialising in 11th-15th c. repertoire)
Gothic Voices is a United Kingdom based vocal ensemble specialising in repertoire from the 11th to the 15th century. The group was formed in 1981 by scholar and musician Christopher Page.
Gothic Voices has recorded twenty-five CDs for Hyperion Records featuring composers such as Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, John Dunstaple and Leonel Power, of which three have won the prestigious Gramophone Award given by The Gramophone magazine. The group's first disc: "A Feather on the Breath of God – Hymns and Sequences by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen" remains one of the best-selling recordings of pre-classical music ever made. Recently Gothic Voices has recorded a disc of the complete works of the relatively obscure 14th-century composer Solage on the Avie label. Their most recent recording is "A Laurel for Landini - 14th Century Italy’s Greatest Composer", with music by Francesco Landini.
As well as performing medieval repertoire, Gothic Voices also commission contemporary works for its unusual vocal forces, with recent performances of works by Bayan Northcott, John Tavener and Andrew Keeling.
The current line up of singers in Gothic Voices is Catherine King (mezzo-soprano), Steven Harrold (tenor), Julian Podger (tenor), Leigh Nixon (tenor) and Stephen Charlesworth (baritone), a line-up which has been consistent since 1995. Other notable singers who have performed and recorded with Gothic Voices include Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Margaret Philpot, Charles Daniels, Rogers Covey-Crump, James Gilchrist, Paul Agnew, John Mark Ainsley and Peter Harvey (bass).Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license