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Melissa Bradshaw

The Sixteen announces 2020 season

2:15, 9th September 2019

The Sixteen has announced its 2020 season, which begins in February 2020 with four concert performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as performed at the 1718 premiere, with five singers and nine instrumentalists.

More highlights include:

  • The 20th anniversary of the Choral Pilgrimage with 27 concerts across the UK focusing on Rome and four composers who created some of their finest work at the Sistine Chapel
  • Christmas tour mixing Renaissance masterpieces with traditional favourites
  • Long-standing relationships with key UK venues continue: exploring music by Byrd and Dowland as well as the next concert in a cycle devoted to Henry Purcell at Wigmore Hall; music focusing on Brumel’s Earthquake Mass and Lassus’ ten-part setting of Aurora lucis rutilat as part of Nature Unwrapped at Kings Place
  • The Sixteen’s record label CORO releases six albums – four of them new recordings by The Sixteen – including James MacMillan’s Symphony No. 5 Le grand Inconnu’, commissioned by The Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
  • Digital release of a voices-only version of the slow movement from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Adagio sostenuto) commissioned by The Sixteen and arranged specially by Bob Chilcott

Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, says: ‘We loved celebrating our 40th birthday with audiences across the world last year: how could we possibly follow the amazing achievements and packed schedule of 2019? Well, we mark 20 years of the Choral Pilgrimage! We have travelled the length and breadth of the UK over the years, enjoying performing beautiful music in stunning and acoustically rewarding cathedrals and abbeys.’

For further information on the 2020 season visit www.thesixteen.com. General booking opens on Wednesday 18 September.

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