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Formed: 2005 (9 years ago)


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One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes.

Alamire records exclusively for Obsidian Records and has given concerts regularly in the UK, USA and Europe. They have enjoyed varied and highly acclaimed projects ... Read more

One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes.

Alamire records exclusively for Obsidian Records and has given concerts regularly in the UK, USA and Europe. They have enjoyed varied and highly acclaimed projects including soundtracks for TV and film, sound installations for art galleries and most recently an exploration of the choral and song repertoire of the Tudor court to mark the 500th Anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII.

Alamire takes its name from the solemnization symbols found in the 'hand' of Guido d'Arezzo, an 11th-century teacher and theorist; the term was also used as a pseudonym by the early 16th-century scribe and music editor, Petrus Alamire (aka Peter van den Hove, c.1470 - 1536). The group also maintains close ties with many of Britain's leading instrumental ensembles and players, including Fretwork and Andrew Lawrence-King, and are able to offer a variety of programmes for voices and instruments.

About the director :- David Skinner , DPhil (Oxon.), MMus (Edin.)

David is known primarily for his combined role as a researcher and performer of early music, and is currently Fellow and Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University where he teaches historical and practical subjects from the medieval and renaissance periods. He is a co-founder of award-winning ensemble The Cardinall's Musick, with whom he had produced more than 25 recordings during his time as co-artistic director (1989-2004). As a record producer he has been involved with a number of award-winning projects (including two Gramophone Awards and three runners up, Diapason d'Or, Deutche Schallplatten, and a Grammy nomination). He has also served as academic advisor and music editor for a number of professional vocal ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, and several of the collegiate choirs in Oxford and Cambridge. From 1997 to 2001 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy at Christ Church, Oxford, and was the Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2001 to 2006, where he conducted Magdala, the mixed-voice chapel choir, with whom he has produced a number of commercial recordings for various museums and art galleries, including the British Museum and Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Cambridge, he conducts the Choir of Sidney Sussex College. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England, and his most recent books include the collected works of Nicholas Ludford (Early English Church Music, 2003 & 2005) and The Arundel Choirbook (Duke of Norfolk: Roxburghe Club, 2003). He is currently editing the Latin church music of John Sheppard for publication in 2008.

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One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes.

Alamire records exclusively for Obsidian Records and has given concerts regularly in the UK, USA and Europe. They have enjoyed varied and highly acclaimed projects including soundtracks for TV and film, sound installations for art galleries and most recently an exploration of the choral and song repertoire of the Tudor court to mark the 500th Anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII.

Alamire takes its name from the solemnization symbols found in the 'hand' of Guido d'Arezzo, an 11th-century teacher and theorist; the term was also used as a pseudonym by the early 16th-century scribe and music editor, Petrus Alamire (aka Peter van den Hove, c.1470 - 1536). The group also maintains close ties with many of Britain's leading instrumental ensembles and players, including Fretwork and Andrew Lawrence-King, and are able to offer a variety of programmes for voices and instruments.

About the director :- David Skinner , DPhil (Oxon.), MMus (Edin.)

David is known primarily for his combined role as a researcher and performer of early music, and is currently Fellow and Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University where he teaches historical and practical subjects from the medieval and renaissance periods. He is a co-founder of award-winning ensemble The Cardinall's Musick, with whom he had produced more than 25 recordings during his time as co-artistic director (1989-2004). As a record producer he has been involved with a number of award-winning projects (including two Gramophone Awards and three runners up, Diapason d'Or, Deutche Schallplatten, and a Grammy nomination). He has also served as academic advisor and music editor for a number of professional vocal ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, and several of the collegiate choirs in Oxford and Cambridge. From 1997 to 2001 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy at Christ Church, Oxford, and was the Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2001 to 2006, where he conducted Magdala, the mixed-voice chapel choir, with whom he has produced a number of commercial recordings for various museums and art galleries, including the British Museum and Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Cambridge, he conducts the Choir of Sidney Sussex College. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England, and his most recent books include the collected works of Nicholas Ludford (Early English Church Music, 2003 & 2005) and The Arundel Choirbook (Duke of Norfolk: Roxburghe Club, 2003). He is currently editing the Latin church music of John Sheppard for publication in 2008.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes.

Alamire records exclusively for Obsidian Records and has given concerts regularly in the UK, USA and Europe. They have enjoyed varied and highly acclaimed projects including soundtracks for TV and film, sound installations for art galleries and most recently an exploration of the choral and song repertoire of the Tudor court to mark the 500th Anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII.

Alamire takes its name from the solemnization symbols found in the 'hand' of Guido d'Arezzo, an 11th-century teacher and theorist; the term was also used as a pseudonym by the early 16th-century scribe and music editor, Petrus Alamire (aka Peter van den Hove, c.1470 - 1536). The group also maintains close ties with many of Britain's leading instrumental ensembles and players, including Fretwork and Andrew Lawrence-King, and are able to offer a variety of programmes for voices and instruments.

About the director :- David Skinner , DPhil (Oxon.), MMus (Edin.)

David is known primarily for his combined role as a researcher and performer of early music, and is currently Fellow and Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University where he teaches historical and practical subjects from the medieval and renaissance periods. He is a co-founder of award-winning ensemble The Cardinall's Musick, with whom he had produced more than 25 recordings during his time as co-artistic director (1989-2004). As a record producer he has been involved with a number of award-winning projects (including two Gramophone Awards and three runners up, Diapason d'Or, Deutche Schallplatten, and a Grammy nomination). He has also served as academic advisor and music editor for a number of professional vocal ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, and several of the collegiate choirs in Oxford and Cambridge. From 1997 to 2001 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy at Christ Church, Oxford, and was the Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2001 to 2006, where he conducted Magdala, the mixed-voice chapel choir, with whom he has produced a number of commercial recordings for various museums and art galleries, including the British Museum and Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Cambridge, he conducts the Choir of Sidney Sussex College. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England, and his most recent books include the collected works of Nicholas Ludford (Early English Church Music, 2003 & 2005) and The Arundel Choirbook (Duke of Norfolk: Roxburghe Club, 2003). He is currently editing the Latin church music of John Sheppard for publication in 2008.

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