Peter Philips – An Englishman abroad
10th October 2013
Convivium Records’ warmly anticipated disc celebrating the 450th anniversary of Peter Philips has been announced for a 19th October release, with preview copies available to pre-order from this week.
The album marks the label’s third installation of British choral music this year, with label residents Convivium Singers returning under the direction of Alex Norman, with David Price on organ. The 14-track discs blends a vibrant selection of choral and organ music of distinctly continental flair and style, chosen in large part from Philips’s Cantiones Sacrae Quinis set of Latin motets (1612-1628).
A master English composer, born 1560/1, exiled to the Netherlands in 1582 and separated from English choral tradition, presumably in persecution for his Catholicism, Philips owes as much of his uniquely modern renaissance writing to Italian musical styles as to his English contemporary Byrd. In his 450th anniversary year, Philips is enjoying a resurgence of following and interest on disc and in the concert hall.
“Philips has really only in the last couple of years started receiving – in my opinion – vastly overdue and just recognition and acclaim as a striking and very accessible early music English composer” says Executive Producer, Adrian Green. “In every aspect of the disc we’ve aimed for an anniversary ‘Collectors Edition’ feel true to that, packaging the album artwork with an exciting contemporary-classical twist, and staying faithful musically to Philips’ work. It’s fantastic music, and a disc we’re really proud of.”
Peter Philips: An Englishman Abroad is available to browse, sample, and pre-order now at www.conviviumrecords.co.uk, including track listings, album information and exclusive artwork previews.
Recorded at St Alban the Martyr, Highgate, February & July 2011 by Convivium Singers.
Directed: Alexander Norman and
Accompanied: Dr. David Price.
Engineering and Editing: Adaq Khan & Adrian Green.
Producer: Andrew King & David Millinger.
Creative Director: John Bevan
Executive Producer: Adrian Green
Notes to Editors
Convivium Singers is an award-winning, critically acclaimed choral ensemble. They provide opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers. In addition, talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music form part of the ensemble. Above all, the ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ recently described them as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’. Read more
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years. For instance, they collaborated with companies including the Baltic Exchange (London), and publishers including the Royal School of Church Music. Composer discs include works by Jonathan Dove, Margaret Rizza, Malcolm Archer, Carson Cooman, Hugh Benham and Michael Higgins. They have also delved into early music, and their CD of motets by Peter Philips (Convivium Records) received a Choir & Organ five-star review. In 2014 the choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral for the BBC’s DDay70 Songs of Praise Special.
The Singers often work with established conductors and composers to introduce contemporary music to wider audiences. They were prize-winners at the Tolosa International Choral Contest (2011, Spain). In addition, they performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and the Czech choral festival Sborové slavnosti.
Convivium Singers have a diverse repertoire from traditional choral music to folk-songs, partsongs and popular arrangements.
Convivium Records (est. 2009) is committed to working with exceptional artists and composers to record and share their music. It recognises that a great recording project needs to establish a balance between artistic aspirations and commercial expectations. In addition to commercial releases, the label takes on private projects for schools, charities and other institutions.
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