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Robert Hugill on “Convivium Records: Balancing commercial and artistic values”

Review: Planet Hugill
(Robert Hugill)
ON Balancing commercial and artistic values: I talk to Adrian Green of Convivium Records

4th March 2017

Convivium Records is a relatively young record label, developing an interesting and eclectic catalogue with a significant choral bent, and a lively mix of music including a number of contemporary composers such as Dan LocklairGabriel Jackson and Oliver Tarney, as well as discs of the contemplative, spiritual music of Margaret Rizza. The label was founded by Adrian Green, himself a singer and the label’s Managing Director. I met up with Adrian to find out more about the label and its development.


Homeward Bound: Angus Benton’s NSPCC Appeal Album (2017)

BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year 2015 Angus Benton:

“I’ve been so lucky to find my voice through singing. I also have family and friends who care about me, listen to me and help me. But I know that for too many children, Childline is the only place they can turn to.

With money raised from these concerts and this recording, I hope the NSPCC can help children in need everywhere to find their own voices and find happiness.”

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless:

“Angus’ support will help us to protect even more children from abuse and neglect. I am delighted that hear Angus has chosen to donate part of his album proceeds to help children who are supported by the NSPCC—a remarkable act of selflessness. On behalf of everyone at the NSPCC and the children whose lives he will help, I thank him wholeheartedly.”

Managing Director Adrian Green:

Convivium Records work with many young artists and were delighted by Angus Benton’s proposal to use his solo recording to help children in need. We have committed to giving 10% of proceeds from CD sales of Angus Benton’s album to the NSPCC over the first year of sales with a minimum commited donation of £250 to assist with its valuable work.

A Mulitiude of Voices “delivered with exquisite simplicity and unforced grace” (★★★★) Choir & Organ

Review: Choir & Organ
ON A Mulitiude of Voices (Chris Watson, Sospiri)

March 2015

The war poetry of 1914-18 burned away grandeur in an alembic of pity. These modern settings of verse by Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and Charlotte Mew (by David Bednall), Guillaume Apollinaire (by Frank Ferko), Ivor Gurney (by Richard Allain) and August Stramm (by John Duggan), among others, restore something of that quality to the experience.

A Multitude of Voices “a fascinating programme finely performed” (★★★★★), Robert Hughill

Review: Planet Hugill
(Robert Hugill)
ON A Multitude of Voices (Christopher Watson, Sospiri)

27th January 2015

On this disc from Convivium Records, Christopher Watson and the choir, Sospiri, present a programme of contemporary works inspired by World War One, many commissioned by the choir as part of their A Multitude of Voices project. Christopher talked to me about the project last year (see my interview with him on this blog) and it is fascinating to hear the finished results. The disc includes music by a varied group of composers, David Bednall, Cecilia McDowall, Frank Ferko, John Duggan, Colin Mawby, Richard Allain, Alexander L’Estrange and Francis Pott. The project was conceived in 2011 by Christopher Watson and composer John Duggan (co-founders of the Oxford-based choir Sospiri) and they were keen for composers to look outside the normal poetic canon.


Peter Philips played on ‘Essential Classics’

News: BBC Radio 3 'Essential Classics' ON 'Peter Philips' (Alexander Norman & Convivium Singers)

21st January 2015

Convivium Singers were delighted to have been included in today's broadcast of Essential Classics on BBC Radio 3. The featured track "Ave verum corpus" was recorded by Alexander Norman & Convivium Singers" on their album "Peter Philips: An Englishman Abroad" and can the performance can be hear about 40 minutes into the programme which is available on to hear on demand through BBC iPlayer until Friday 20 February 2015. Listen here: BBC iPlayer

James Bowman (Writing Exclusively for Cathedral Music Magazine)

Article: Cathedral Music ON 'Thus Angels Sung' (James Bowman & Malcolm Archer)

20th November 2014

I have been involved with music in cathedrals for most of my singing life. This recording, whilst not exclusively devoted to cathedral music, does contain quite a few sacred items which have meant a great deal to me over the years; I wanted to record them before it was too late.

PGS Hodie! (By the students)


Article: Students of PGS (Hugh Summers & Ella Beard)
ON HODIE! Contemporary Christmas Carols (Sam Galdstone, Oliver Hancock, The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir)

29 July 2014

In January, we went to Jesus College Cambridge for 4 days to record a CD of contemporary Christmas Carols in the college chapel. After 7 months, we are looking forward to hearing the final recording.

Tempo Publication on James Erber’s ‘Traces for Solo Flute (Arnold Whitall)

Article / Review: TEMPO (Arnold Whittall)
ON James Erber’s
‘Traces for Solo Flute’

2nd July 2014

Seventy-three minutes of solo flute and piccolo music, fifty of them Traces, a three-part composition that James Erber worked on between 1991 and 2006, with final revisions in 2011-12. The austerity of the principle might seem extreme, but the title gives a pointer to how multiplicity and a degree of sensuous subtlety emerge from a single line that spends a large proportion of its time in the region above the single treble stave on which the music is notated.   Traces can be prospective, retrospective, evocative, provocative: and although users of the score will observe that a sequence of sections with a certain number of subdivisions defines the overall form, the attentive ear should begin to process the flow in terms of essential differentiations that articulate structure and expression.


Margaret Rizza on ‘Officium Divinum’, the Church Times interview

Margaret Rizza
ON ‘Officium Divinum’ (A journey through the daily office prayers)

7th October 2013

‘A chant starts in the head and begins the longest journey in the world’

Deciding to tackle the internet at a very ripe old age has made a big difference to my everyday life. I’m now in touch with so many more people, plus an incredible amount of information, which is great.

At the same time, it’s made me prioritise the important things to be done each day. I try to continue with the very simple things in life, such as cooking for the family, and baking exciting cakes with the grandchildren.

I love gardening and tending my little veg patch, which I try to make time for in the evenings. In the mornings, I have my break at around 11, with a large mug of very strong tea laced with honey and full-cream milk, together with some shortbread, and then I begin work at my keyboard.

I try to continue with formal times of meditation each day: one in the morning, and one in the evening. These times of meditation are so important, and yet so difficult to be faithful to. One tries to keep the mind still through the repetition of a prayer phrase, so that the deeper levels of consciousness are able to be open to the indwelling, transforming spirit deep within one’s being.


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