A concert by The Sixteen choir and accompanying orchestra, conducted by Harry Christophers!
The centrepiece of The Sixteen’s 2018 choir and orchestra tour is Vivaldi’s Gloria – one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms gives it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi’s work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly.
Performers: Harry Christophers conductor / The Sixteen choir & orchestra
Vivaldi Sinfonia from La Dorilla RV 709
Bach Mass in G major BWV 236
Handel Overture from Esther (1st version)
Handel The Lord our enemy has slain from Esther
Vivaldi Gloria in D major RV 589
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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-and 21st-century music, is drawn from the passions of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers.
The Sixteen are ‘The Voices of Classic FM’, Associate Artists of The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Artistic Associates of Kings Place, London and hold a 2017-2018 residency at Wigmore Hall, London. The group promotes The Choral Pilgrimage, an annual tour 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 – the latest hour-long programme entitled Monteverdi in Mantua: The Genius of the Vespers was aired in April 2015.
Over 150 recordings, including many award-winners, reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work. In 2009 The Sixteen was given the accolade of Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year as well as winning Best Baroque Vocal for its recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
In 2011 the group launched Genesis Sixteen, the UK’s first fully funded training programme for young singers aged 18- to 23-years.