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, providing opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers, as well as for talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music. The ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. It was recently described as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’ by BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review.’
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years, collaborating with companies, including the Baltic Exchange, London, and publishers, notably 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. The choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral in 2014 for a special Songs of Praise programme on BBC1, as part of the DDay70 commemorations.
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). The ensemble has also performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and in Hradec Králové at 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 is a private recording, production, and distribution label, based in London, UK, provides cost conscious opportunities for composers, performers, educators and students to release and market their music on disc and online globally to professional studio standard. With a range of label artists from contemporary British composers to cathedral choirs, performers and vocal ensembles, the label offers expertise across all aspects of private and commercial productions, with a team of engineers, performers, directors, producers and designers supporting projects from concept to album delivery and marketing.
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