From the label that brought you Il Divo, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand comes the truly amazing Angelis. Defying the expectations of classical music with an emotion and vocal maturity that belies their youth, the group's combined skill forms a sound that is truly traditional with a vibrant, modern streak. Following an exhaustive search that lasted 2 years, the best new choral voices in the UK have come together in a stunning formation. Featuring six remarkable young choristers with six equally striking voices, they release their self-titled debut album on Syco Music/SonyBMG, November 6th.
Simon Cowell's latest project which allegedly took two years to reach fruition sees the impresario hand-pick six of the UK's finest choral singers, put them in a studio with Il Divo producer Steve Mac and record some of the nation's most-loved Christmas songs. The six choristers in question, aged between 11 and 14, all share an undeniable talent and perform wonderful versions of these timeless songs. That they are very comfortable and confident with the chosen material is evident from the start. Whilst not wildly diverse, there's a decent range of tunes, from Sarah McClachlan's "Angel" and "Walking In The Air" through contemporary versions of hymns such as "O Holy Night" and "Pie Jesu" to less obvious interpretations of Enya's "May It Be" and Eva Cassidy's "Over The Rainbow". None of these versions will send revolutionary ripples through the Christmas album market of course; but in such masterful - if youthful - hands they become even more languorous and transcendent, making for a divinely horizontal Xmas listening experience. --Danny McKenna