Press and Reviews

Alamire records the polychoral works of Hieronymus Praetorius

We are pleased to announce our latest release on the new dedicated early music label INVENTA, with the polychoral works of north German Renaissance composer Hieronymous Praetorius (1560-1629). The programme includes motets for 8 to 20 voices, and Alamire is joined by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and organists Stephen Farr. Recorded in St Augustine's Kilburn, London, and the cathedral of Roskilde in Denmark.

Gramophone announcement may be found here:


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 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.

BBC Music Awards 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.


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).

Anne Boleyn's Songbook


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.

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The Spy's Choirbook

THE SPY'S CHOIRBOOK released in October 2014

The sumptuous and richly illuminated choir-book, Royal 8.G.vii, is widely acknowledged as one of the finest early 16th-century musical manuscripts in the British Library. It was produced in the workshop of Petrus Alamire, who was head of one of the greatest musical scriptoriums in all of Europe, and the source of a great number of royal diplomatic gifts. Alamire was not only a scribe and musician, but also a mining engineer, merchant and diplomat. Between 1515 and 1518 he travelled to London as a spy for Henry VIII against Richard de la Pole, the then pretender to the English throne.

The Spy's Choirbook

SPY Success! Voted the Best Classical CD of 2014 in The Times.

The Spy's Choirbook reaches No. 2 in the Official Classical Charts in the first week of release.

"...what we have here is a complete recording of the entire choirbook in its manuscript order: 34 four-voice motets from the first decade of the century by French and Franco-Flemish composers, giving a magnificent panorama of the repertory. Most of them have never been recorded before ... sounding gorgeous throughout." - David Fallows

The Spy's Choirbook

The Gibbons Hymnal published by Novello & Co.

Following the hugely successful Tallis Psalter, David Skinner has now produced The Gibbons Hymnal. The collection contains the 17 hymn tunes composed by Orlando Gibbons for George Wither’s The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623), many of which are still popular today. This is the first modern edition which incorporates Wither’s hymn texts beyond the first verses. Skinner has constructed the inner voices for the hymns from Gibbons’ treble and bass lines to create a collection of pieces that can be easily performed either as hymns or as simple anthems.

The Gibbons Hymnal

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