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Alamire performs Josquin in Zürich Early Music Festival

24 March 2019

Alamire makes it debut in Zürich at this year's Forum Alte Musik Festival. A programme of Josquin featuring the Missa D'ung aultre amer, motets and chansons. 5pm in St Peter's Church.


David Skinner to lead the 4th Assisi Summer School with RunBySingers

5 August 2018 - 12 August 2018

Limited places still available for experienced singers on this exceptional week of Renaissance polyphony from Germany, Spain, Italy and England! Full details and programme may be found here: https://www.runbysingers.org/assisi-singing-holiday

Alamire takes The Spy's Choirbook to Regensburg Early Music Festival

18 May 2018

Join Alamire and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble for a late night concert of our award-winning programme 'The Spy's Choirbook'. Tickets from the link below:


Thomas Tallis & Queen Katherine together again!

Tallis's greatest work, Gaude gloriosa dei mater, the Queen of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury's experimentation with the new English liturgy and Henry VIII's preparation for war. A startling collaboration that has only come to light had its airing during Holy Week, and the Obsidian recording is due for release in November 2017.

The story was featured on many news and media outlets. Follow the links for reports, audio, and video about the project:

BBC Breakfast Television
BBC Today Programme
BBC Music Magazine
Classic FM
The Telegraph

Release Date: 
Nov 2017

Thomas Tallis: Songs of Reformation at St John's Smith Square, London

14 April 2017

Ahead of our Obsidian recording of THOMAS TALLIS: SONGS OF REFORMATION in May, come and hear a sample of this glorious music at Tenebrae's Holy Week Festival at St John's Smith Square, London, on Good Friday, 14 April 2017.

Book tickets here:

L'homme arme: Josquin and Palestrina at the Cologne Early Music Festival

2 April 2017

Alamire closes the prestigious Cologne Early Music Festival with a programme of Josquin and Palestrina.

Sunday, 2 April 2017, 19.30
Trinitatiskirche, Cologne


BBC Music Award Nomination for Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Following the Limelight Award for best Vocal & Choral CD of 2015, Anne Boleyn's Songbook has been chosen from over 1200 CDs as one of three BBC Music Award nominations in the Choral category for 2016.

Winners for each category are chosen by public vote, so Alamire needs YOUR vote by heading to BBC Music Awards, clicking on 'Choral Award' and, should you agree, 'Anne Boleyn's Songbook'!

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 April at Kings Place, and in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

BBC Music Awards 2016
Release Date: 
Jan 2016

Globe success for Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Following a Gramophone Award for The Spy's Choirbook, Alamire's next project - Anne Boleyn's Songbook - is already receiving universal critical acclaim. Reviews of our recent sold out performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in Shakespeare's Globe, London, were posted by The Arts Desk and Planet Hugill. A feature also appeared on ITV News at Ten, while Classic FM ran an article featuring video clips of our rehearsals and samples from the CD, as well as a thoughtful report by Ivan Hewitt in The Telegraph. More recently a feature by David Skinner appeared in The Guardian.

Our next UK performance of Anne Boleyn's Songbook will be at Cadogan Hall on 17 March 2016.


ITV News at Ten

Release Date: 
Sep 2015


We are delighted to announce that The Spy's Choirbook has received the coveted Gramophone Early Music Award for 2015. The ceremony will take place in London on 17 September in St John's Smith Square.

For further information see: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2015/early-music

The Spy's Choirbook

The Gramophone

Release Date: 
Aug 2015

Anne Boleyn's Songbook: Alamire's next project confirmed

Anne Boleyn is famously the the most notorious of Henry VIII’s six wives. She was brought up in France and for a time was under the guardianship of Margaret of Austria, who was patron some of the most famous composers in all of Europe. It is here where the young Anne developed her keen musical tastes, and when a collection of her favourite works began to be assembled into what is now known as the Anne Boleyn Songbook (Royal College of Music, MS 1070). The book probably remained in her possession until her execution in 1536, when she was wrongfully accused by Henry’s council of adultery with no less than five men (one being her brother, George). Another of the accused was Mark Smeaton, her music tutor and lutenist, who may have had a hand in including some of the love songs in the book.

Here Alamire explores motets and chansons by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compere, Mouton, Brumel, and Josquin. Performances by Alamire are interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute and harp from the songbook. Also included in the programme is a haunting setting of ‘O death rock me asleep’, the text of which is thought by some to have been written by Anne while awaiting her fate in the Tower of London.


Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Alamire Press Office

Release Date: 
Sep 2015
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