Blossom Street is a versatile chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s most experienced young singers, which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform, has released three critically acclaimed CDs with Naxos.
The group formed over a decade ago while the singers were studying at the University of York. They relocated to London in 2007 and are now directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Blossom Street filmed a medley of Christmas carols for BBC2 while in York. This was broadcast during the snooker final in 2005, and has since been performed nationwide and beyond. They sang to Prince Charles on ITV1 as part of his 60th birthday celebrations. They gave their debut in Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the Voicelab series in 2009. More recent projects include performances in Sweden, Japan and Spain as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe. They have regular broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4, recording projects for Resonus and Guild, several education projects and corporate, concert and festival work. In addition, the group has featured regularly on BBC Radio 3, performing live on The Choir and In Tune.
The group also works in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, running an annual composition project for postgraduate students. This is led by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. In 2015, the group filmed for the remake of ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ for Columbia Pictures. This was followed by more filming in 2017 for a Film 4 project entitled ‘Beast’. The group also recorded for the Eden Project’s 2017 Festival of Light and Sound.
On the concert platform, Blossom Street has performed at many of the major London venues. These include Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and St James Piccadilly. Further afield they have performed at the Royal Palace, Madrid.
Naxos released their CD, ‘Sleep, Holy Babe’ in 2011. Tracks from this have featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and on Classic FM. They performed tracks live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Subsequently, David Mellor announced the disc as ‘Christmas CD of the Year 2011’ on his New CD Show on Classic FM. It received several 5* reviews.
Naxos released their second disc, ‘Down by the Sea’ in 2013, again to critical acclaim. It is a compilation of a cappella choral folk songs, many of which are premiere recordings. “At the risk of prejudicing any latecomers and with 2013 barely half gone, I declare this release to be my choral album of the year. I’d be stupefied if anything stronger comes long. Five stars.” Norman Lebrecht.
After that, they released a disc of Warlock repertoire on the digital label, Resonus in 2014. “A programme offering a genuine expansion in our understanding of Warlock… Gorgeous sound; highly engaging, dedicated performances”, BBC Music Magazine.
In 2019, the group released their third Naxos disc, This Day, featuring works by British women for upper voices. “A veritable chocolate box album”, BBC Music Magazine.
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