Welcome to 2013! The choir is already hard at work with rehearsals for our forthcoming CD recording. Keep your eyes out for updates around that in due course.
We have also been busy uploading new Vasari TV videos of the choir singing live in concert – check out our Vasari TV page for those.
Our 2013 concert schedule is looking very busy, with new concerts added in Tunbridge Wells and a return to St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, both before the summer break. Check out the Vasari 2013 concert schedule page for more details.
Don’t forget we now post regular updates through our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook, and we now have a YouTube channel too. Make you’re you’re hooked up to these to receive all the latest news and to share your stories with us.
Vasari Singers is back in the Classical Music Charts! Our latest release, A Winter’s Light, has gone straight into the charts at Number 10 with one week of shopping to go before Christmas.
An amazing autumn for our CD releases and Naxos, with the Gabriel Jackson Requiem having reached Number 5 in November!
The choir is delighted to announce the awarding of two grants towards our new 2013 commissioning project! In 2013 we will commission, record, and premiere two new pieces from British-born organist-composers, David Briggs, and Jeremy Filsell. More details of this exciting commissioning to follow, but the choir gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the RVW Trust and the BBC Performing Arts Fund which as enabled us to undertake this ambitious commissioning programme.
Vasari is delighted to announce the launch of our 2nd CD in two months! Our 2nd Christmas CD, titled A Winter’s Light, is now available. Perfect stocking filler!
The choir can confirm we are in the Specialist Classical Charts for the 4th week running!
Since the launch of the Gabriel Jackson CD at the beginning of October, the disc has received great critical, and now commercial acclaim. Reaching as high as 5 in the Classical Music Charts in week 2, the disc is still riding in the top 10. If you haven’t yet bought your copy, why not buy it online direct from the Vasari CD shop.
October sees the launch of our new Gabriel Jackson Requiem CD on Naxos!
The CD has already received glowing reviews in International Record Review, in The Observer, and on BBC Radio 3′s prestigious “CD Review Programme”. As usual, reviews will be collated and added to our website in the reviews section.
You can listen again to the Radio 3 broadcast on BBC iPlayer until 13th October.
On Saturday 13th October, Gabriel Jackson will be interviewed on BBC Radio 3′s The Choir programme in a feature discussing the new Requiem. Do tune in to that exciting broadcast, and of course you can listen again to that one too. Programming details may be found on BBC Radio 3 The Choir’s website.
On the first weekend of release, sales of the Requiem have meant that the Vasari Singers are currently the “Hot Pick” in classical music on iTunes, in the Top 20 classical music albums on iTunes, whilst on Amazon, the CD is the number-one selling Requiem disc. The album is also available for streaming on Spotify, and of course from all good record stores, online and bricks and mortar, and directly from the choir.
Where ever you prefer to shop, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of what International Record Review has said is “a masterpiece”.
The next round of auditions for new voice parts will be held on 9th October for all voice parts. Visit the auditions page for more info.
Evening Standard reviews our fantastic opening concert at the 2012 London A Cappella Festival!
Carols by candlelight
Less than 50 tickets remaining with exactly a month to go before our Carols By Candlelight concert in Covent Garden. Buy your tickets now so you don’t miss out.
Vasari will be appearing live on BBC Radio 3′s In Tune on Monday 7th November – on air from 4.30pm. Tune in or listen again.
Watch this video to learn more about the next Vasari Singers concert, the Bruckner Mass in E Minor, at St Martin in the Fields, on November 8th 2011.
Tune into The Choir on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 25th September from 5pm – the programme includes a feature on composer Will Todd and jazz in choral music and will broadcast several movements from our CD of Todd’s Mass in Blue!
Over 170 singers attended our come and sing workshop day on Bruckner’s E Minor Mass last weekend – a fantastic day and thanks to everyone who came along!
Next concert is the E Minor Mass at St Martin in the Fields, with the Southbank Sinfonia. Tickets are selling fast.
Until the end of August 2011, don’t miss out on this great value cd multibuy packs with three CDs for the price of two. Choose from french choral music or british contemporary.
Royal Wedding Special!
As part of the Royal Wedding Service, the great anthem Blest Pair of Sirens, by Parry, will be performed during the service.
This epic piece is the opening track of the latest Vasari Singers CD Great British Anthems.
For a limited time, you can get your own copy of this superb track by buying the CD at a specially reduced price of £5
The choir is seeking tenors and low basses to audition for vacancies in its regular line-up and dep list.
In 2011 the choir has a varied and busy programme of 10 concerts, Anglican services in church and cathedral, an Italian tour, a choral workshop and a commercial CD recording.
The repertoire is varied (from baroque to contemporary commissions, sacred and secular) and performances are generally undertaken on 4-5 weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals in St Luke’s Battersea (nearest tube station Clapham South, Northern Line). Auditions are held regularly before rehearsals.
Great British Anthems CD released
Our latest recording, Great British Anthems, will be released on Naxos on 29th January. You can order it online NOW from the choir and be the first to receive it when released!
Cloud of Unknowing concert and CD offer
To celebrate the forthcoming performance of Francis Pott’s Cloud of Unknowing, commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Vasari Singers, the choir is pleased to run a CD discount offer. Buy Cloud of Unknowing online from this site and get another Vasari CD half price.
Tickets for our concert are on sale NOW from £10 from the Eaton Square Concerts Box Office Website
Select your CD combo from the drop-down box below and enjoy!
Jackson and Faure Requiems
The choir kicks off the 2nd half of the Choral Masterworks series with two autumn concerts featuring two superb Requiems – by Gabriel Faure, and the more recent setting, commissioned by the choir, by Gabriel Jackson.
For more information visit the concerts page.
Jeremy Backhouse interview on ClassicFM Daily Podcast
Jeremy Backhouse, the choir’s Music Director, is interviewed this week on ClassicFM’s daily news programme, the Daily Podcast, hosted by Bob Jones. Jeremy discusses the choir’s 30th anniversary year, including the Choral Masterworks programme and the forthcoming B Minor Mass concert.
Click here to listen/ download
Bach B Minor Mass ticket sales flying
If you haven’t got your tickets for the B Minor Mass on 19 June yet, don’t delay. The event is nearing sell-out with 2weeks to go. Numbers of walk up tickets will be very restricted on the night.
Once they’re gone, they’re gone
Online: St Martin’s Box Office
Phone 020 7766 1100
New concert date added
The choir is pleased to announce an additional concert date in our Choral Masterworks series. On Friday 15 October, we will perform at Faure’s Requiem, and our recently commissioned Requiem by Gabriel Jackson, at St Paul’s Knightsbridge. The concert will be in association with the health development charity ProjectHOPE.
More information to follow in due course.
Tickets on sale for Canterbury Cathedral concert
Tickets for our July Choral Masterworks concert at Canterbury Cathedral, featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor and the Howells Requiem, are now on sale online.
Tickets are £10 plus £1 transaction fee. All proceeds go to the Save the Cathedral Appeal. Tickets are unreserved and on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t miss out!
Bach B Minor Mass tickets selling fast
Tickets for our next concert, the centrepiece gala performance of Bach’s masterwork, the B Minor Mass, are selling fast – with 3 months to go more than 200 tickets have already been sold.
With such a strong line up of soloists, this concert is guaranteed to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets early.
Tickets can be bought from the St Martin-in-the-Fields box office
Online: St Martin’s Box Office
Phone 020 7766 1100
With the Bach B Minor Mass workshop attracting over 220 singers on the day, the event was a fantastic success and a great way to kick off the choir’s 30th anniversary year. Visit the VasariTV page to watch the video review of the day.
The first concert at St Mary’s Redbourn was also a hugely enjoyable event for both the audience and choir alike. Our thanks go to the Redbourn 900 Team for inviting the choir to launch their 900th Anniversary celebrations.
The choir is delighted to announce that we have been awarded financial grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund for our work in 2010, specifically towards our JS Bach choral workshop project in March. The choir is grateful for the financial support which enables us to take on our ambitious programming and develop closer links with our local community and audiences.
For more information, visit these links
Offering a different range of retailers, the easyfundraising link widens the range of Internet shopping that you can undertake whilst raising money for the choir and supporting our activities.
To use easyfundraising, visit the site and register as a user. Select Vasari Singers as your good cause and, as with buy.at/vasari any subsequent internet shopping you then do from that visit will earn the choir a commission.
Composers Stephen Barlow and Gabriel Jackson become patrons in the choir’s 30th anniversary year
The choir is pleased to announce that British composers Stephen Barlow and Gabriel Jackson will join Ward Swingle as patrons of the choir. Having worked closely with both composers over the past few years, the choir is delighted to be able to develop closer links. Indeed, in 2010 we shall be working closely with and performing pieces by all three of our patrons during our 30th anniversary year as part of the Choral Masterworks series.
Stephen Barlow will also be performing on stage with the choir in the B Minor Mass concert in June.
You can now purchase tickets for the “Come and Sing” day in March giving you the opportunity to sing through the choral sections of the B Minor Mass with the Vasari Singers.
- A Winter’s Light – (5 Reviews) MusicWeb’s CD of the Month
- Gabriel Jackson Requiem – (5 Reviews) MusicWeb’s CD of the Month
- Great British Anthems – (4 Reviews) Gramophone Hot Pick
- Duruflé Requiem – (6 Reviews) MusicWeb’s CD of the Month
- Pott The Cloud of Unknowing – (14 Reviews) MusicWeb’s Recording of the Month
- Noel Nouvelet – (7 Reviews) MusicWeb’s Recording of the Month
- Will Todd Mass in Blue – (10 Reviews)
- Brahms ein Deutsches Requiem - (6 Reviews)
- Anthems for the 21st Century – (11 Reviews)
- Deep Purple – (5 Reviews)
- Dupré La France au Calvaire – (7 Reviews) Gramophone Editor’s Choice
- Dupré Choral Works – (6 Reviews) Gramophone Editor’s Choice
- Songs of Farewell – (11 Reviews)
- Howells Requiem and Frank Martin Mass – (9 Reviews) Penguin Guide Choice
- 20th Century Sacred Anthems - (3 Reviews)
- Music of Zoltán Kodály – (4 Reviews)
- Pastorale, French Secular Music – (5 Reviews)
- Crucifixus, Music for Holy Week – (9 Reviews)
- Philip Moore – (1 Review)
- Britten Choral Music – (2 Reviews)
- 2012 concert at the London A Cappella Festival, King’s Place, London
- 2011 concert of Bruckner’s E Minor Mass, St Martin in the Fields, London
- 2010 concert of JS Bach’s B Minor Mass, St Martin in the Fields, London
- 2007 concert of Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, St Martin in the Fields, London
- 2007 concert including James MacMillan’s Mass at St Johns, Smith Square, London
- 2006 concert of Radical Masses, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
- 2006 performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, at St Johns, Smith Square, London
- 2006 World Premiere of The Cloud of Unknowing, at St Pancras Church, London
- 2005 concert of Anthems for our Time at St John’s, Smith Square, London
- 2005 Preview of Anthems for the 21st Century in Tonbridge Chapel, Kent
- 2004 Carols by Candlelight concert, in association with the Musician’s Benevolent Fund
- 2004 concert Canticles and Candyfloss in Steeple Morden
- 2004 concert Best of British at St Martin-in-the-Fields
- 2004 concert Choral music paired across the centuries, which included Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium
- 2003 performance at the Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts series
- 2003 performance at Olantigh House
- 2003 performance of 400 years of Italian Choral Music
- 2003 performance of Brahms’ German Requiem, and Parry’s Songs of Farewell
- 2002 Performance of Dupré’s De Profundis and Durflé’s Requiem
- 2002 Gala concert celebrating 75 years of United Music Publishers
- 2002 Performance at the Hamstead and Highgate Festival
- 2001 Performance of Fauré Requiem and Dupré De Profundis
- 2000 Bach Motets concert at St. John’s, Smith Square
- 1999 performance of David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus
- Proms 1999