The Sixteen

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The Sixteen are a United Kingdom-based choir and period instrument orchestra; founded by Harry Christophers, it started as an unnamed group of sixteen friends in 1977, giving their first billed concert in 1979.

The group performs early English polyphony, works of the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical music, and a diversity of 20th-century music.

The Sixteen are "The Voices of Classic FM", TV media partner with Sky Arts and associate artists of the Southbank Centre in London and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as the Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of Britain's finest cathedrals: bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen featured in the BBC Four television series Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale. A second series was broadcast on BBC Four in 2010.

The Sixteen tour throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and have given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre in London, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and the Vienna Musikverein. They have also performed at the BBC Proms and the festivals of Granada, Lucerne, Istanbul, Prague and Salzburg.

In addition, The Sixteen's period orchestra have taken part in semi-staged performances of Purcell's Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully staged production of Purcell's King Arthur in Lisbon's Belem Centre, followed by new productions of Claudio Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at the English National Opera.

The Sixteen have an education programme and recent projects include a series of school matinées for hundreds of primary school children in Bury St Edmunds, Liverpool and Southwell under the national Sing Up initiative. The Sixteen also have close ties with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music, offering opportunities for young people about to embark on careers as professional musicians.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Masses and Motets Claudio Monteverdi; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2
1987 Messiah Georg Friedrich Händel; The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers 2
1987 Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe (The Sixteen feat. director: Harry Christophers) The Sixteen 2
1988 Second Vespers for the Feast of Santa Barbara Claudio Monteverdi; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2
1989 Missa corona spinea John Taverner; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2
1990 20th Century Christmas Collection The Sixteen Harry Christophers 1
1990 William Byrd: Mass for 4 Voices with Propers for the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul The Sixteen 1
1992 Bach - Magnificat / Vivaldi - Gloria / Caldara - Stabat Mater The Sixteen & Harry Christophers 1
1993 The Choral Works, Volume II Benjamin Britten; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
1994 The Rose and the Ostrich Feather: Music from The Eton Choir Book, Volume I The Sixteen & Harry Christophers 1
2003 Hodie: An English Christmas Collection (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers) The Sixteen 1
2004 Christus Natus Est: An Early English Christmas The Sixteen 1
2005 Requiem 1605: Officium Defunctorum Tomás Luis de Victoria; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
2006 Bach - Magnificat; Vivaldi - Gloria The Sixteen 1
2006 A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection The Sixteen 1
2006 Ikon The Sixteen 1
2007 Into the Light The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Kaori Muraji 1
2007 Fauré: Requiem Harry Christophers, Elin Manahan Thomas, Academy of St Martin in the Fields & The Sixteen 1
2007 Ein Deutsches Requiem, Johannes Brahms The Sixteen 1
2008 Treasures of Tudor England Robert Parsons, Robert White, Christopher Tye; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
2010 Silent Night Harry Christophers & The Sixteen 1
2013 The Queen of Heaven The Sixteen 1
2014 The Voice of the Turtle Dove Sheppard, Davy, Mundy; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
An American Collection The Sixteen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Sounds Sublime Compilation The Sixteen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Mozart: Vespers / Faure: Requiem Live Mozart, Fauré; The Sixteen 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Renaissance: Music for Inner Peace The Sixteen & Harry Christophers 1
The Earth Resounds The Sixteen 1

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