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Alamire headlines ACDA (Western) in Santa Barbara, CA

David Skinner & Alamire recently toured the USA headlining the American Choral Directors' Association Western Division 50th Anniversary Conference in Santa Barbara, before travelling on to Indianapolis and Lubbock.

David also gave a key-note lecture at ACDA on the ‘Origins of the English Choral Tradition and how the English Sing’ before the group gave two back-to-back performances to a packed house in the historic Santa Barbara Mission ‘Music and the Reformation in the 16th Century; Via Anglica’ including works by Lambe, Taverner, Tallis & Byrd.

Alamire in Santa Barbara Mission
Release Date: 
Mar 2014

The Tallis Psalter is published by Novello & Co.

Tallis Psalter: Psalms and Anthems, Canticles, Preces and Responses is the first complete edition of the Psalter, allowing, for the first time in centuries, a performance within the Anglican liturgy. Also in this volume are Tallis’s surviving English anthems, including popular works such as If ye love me and Hear the voice and prayer, and lesser-known miniatures such as A new commandment and Purge me, O Lord, the evening Dorian Service, and Preces and Responses for five voices.

The original Psalter contains Thomas Tallis’s nine tunes set to metrical verses by Archbishop Matthew Parker, and published in around 1567.Many of the tunes have since been reworked as popular hymns, while Ralph Vaughan Williams famously used the Third Tune as the basis for his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

‘It has long been my ambition to edit the Tallis Psalter for modern liturgical use, and, having performed them all with my own chapel choir in Cambridge, they certainly live up to expectation. All of the tunes are utterly infectious, and I'm not surprised that they have been so widely adapted for other uses. The added bonus of including all of his surviving English anthems in a single, practical edition promises that these superb works can be enjoyed more widely than ever before. The Dorian Service and Preces & Responses for five voices complete the set, and provide all the necessary ingredients for Choral Evensong featuring the music of Thomas Tallis.’ - David Skinner

The Tallis Psalter
Release Date: 
Mar 2013

A New CD of Medieval Carols for Christmas 2012!

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The Trinity Carol Roll (Trinity College, Cambridge, MS O.3.58) is the earliest source for the English polyphony carol. The thirteen works preserved in this manuscript include the patriotic ‘Agincourt’ carol, celebrating Henry V’s victory over the French in 1415, and the most famous of all early English carols ‘Ther is no rose’. The performances on this recording offer a fresh take on medieval instrumentation, and include the gothic harp, psaltery, plectrum lute, recorder and the etherial gemshorn, while the recording itself took place in the Wren Library in Trinity College, Cambridge.

The CD is released in September 2012, and will also be available on iTunes or via Amazon.

Praise for John Taverner: Imperatrix inferni (Obsidian Records)

CD Taverner

"... music of outstanding quality ... luminous timbre ... the purity of tone and accuracy of tuning throughout this programme are about as fine as I have ever heard ... a sumptuous wash of sound that is at the same time highly intelligible ... beautifully produced." Andrew O'Connor (International Record Review)

"... exquisitely performed ... David Skinner negotiates these expansive, arching textures with poise and insight ... breathtaking" - Anthony Pryer (BBC Music Magazine)

"Alamire's singing approaches perfection" - Stephen Pettit (The Sunday Times)

"Alamire bring a real fervour to their singing ... radiates assurance ... [they] bring tremendous conviction ... everything about this release exudes quality ... I loved every minute of it." - John Quinn (MusicWeb International)

"Alamire are on top form … each syllable is clear, clean and translucent … it has as much life and verve as it does gentle sophistication … strongly recommended" - Mark Sealey (Classical.net)

Alamire teams up with Erika Esslinger Konzertagentur

Germany's top agent for early music ensembles - Erika Esslinger Konzertagentur - has recently signed Alamire for events in Germany from 2012. Look out for us in Nurnberg and Stuttgart very soon!

Alamire embarks on a landmark projected 30-volume Library of Early English Church music

Cantiones Sacrae CD

This 10-year project is conceived in three periods each of 10 volumes: I Medieval Music; II The Tudor Reformations; and III The Golden Age of Elizabeth and the Stuart Kings. The series will be accompanied by an illustrated companion to the series by David Skinner to be issued by a leading publisher.

The project was recently featured in Gramophone on-line. The article may be read here.

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