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Formed: 1977 (37 years ago)


Biography

THE SIXTEEN

After thirty-one years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.

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THE SIXTEEN

After thirty-one years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.

At home in the UK, The Sixteen are “The Voices of Classic FM”, TV Media Partner with Sky Arts, and Associate Artists of Southbank Centre, London and The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of our finest cathedrals bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen has recently featured in the highly successful BBC television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale - a second series which focused on the music of Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Pärt and Tavener was broadcast in spring 2010 and is due to be released on BBC Two in the near future.

The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, London, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Cité de la musique, Paris, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and Vienna Musikverein and also at the BBC Proms, the festivals of Granada, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Prague, Bremen, La Chaise Dieu and Salzburg. In addition, The Sixteen’s period-instrument orchestra has taken part in highly acclaimed semi-staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully-staged production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon’s Belem Centre, followed by new productions of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera.

Over one hundred recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of five hundred years, winning many awards including Grand Prix du Disque, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music”, the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance and IKON which was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Classical Brits. These latter two discs were recorded as part of the group’s contract with Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2009 The Sixteen were given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone “Artist of the Year” award [the only ensemble in the award’s history to ever win this category] as well as winning “Baroque Vocal” for their recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which has recently released its eightieth title. Recent recordings include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Steffani’s Stabat Mater, Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, which accompanies the tenth Choral Pilgrimage, and Handel’s celebrated oratorio, Messiah, with an all-star soloist line-up which was awarded the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2010 CORO released the BBC’s groundbreaking first series of Sacred Music on DVD and The Sixteen’s award-winning recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems was nominated for a Grammy. Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue of releases, containing music from the Renaissance and Baroque through to great works of our time.

HARRY CHRISTOPHERS

Harry Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of The Sixteen as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen choir and orchestra throughout Europe, America and the Far East gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and twentieth-century music. He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising of around one hundred titles) for which he has won numerous awards including a Grand Prix du Disque for his first recording of Handel’s Messiah, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music” and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year award as well as Best Baroque Vocal for Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

In 2000 he instituted “The Choral Pilgrimage”, a national tour of British cathedrals and churches from Canterbury to Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, in music from the pre-Reformation, as The Sixteen’s contribution to the millennium celebrations. It raised awareness of this historic repertoire so successfully that The Choral Pilgrimage in the UK is now central to the annual artistic programme. Now in its tenth year, The Choral Pilgrimage this year will focus on some of the finest music by three leading Tudor composers: William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard.

In September 2008 Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; he is also Principal Guest Conductor of both the Granada Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid as well as enjoying a very special partnership with the BBC Philharmonic including a disc of American-inspired works by Ives, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Tippett which won a Diapason d’Or. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields who have all benefited from his dynamic brand of programming. Within the last few years he has also conducted the Hallé, the London Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, with whom he returned in Spring 2008.

Increasingly busy in opera, he began a Monteverdi cycle in 1998, in new productions for Lisbon Opera House, with Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, following his success there with Gluck’s Orfeo. In 2000 he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Lisbon Opera as well as Purcell’s King Arthur and Rameau’s Platée and made an acclaimed début with English National Opera, conducting Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. He has since conducted productions of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Ariodante at ENO as well as the UK première of Messager’s Fortunio for Grange Park Opera. In 2006, Mozart’s anniversary year, he conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Granada Festival and after the outstanding success of Handel’s Semele and Hercules and Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba at Buxton Opera in past seasons, he returned in 2008 to conduct a highly acclaimed and powerful production of Handel’s Samson.

Harry Christophers is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.

For more information on The Sixteen, Harry Christophers and CORO, please visit www.thesixteen.com.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

THE SIXTEEN

After thirty-one years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.

At home in the UK, The Sixteen are “The Voices of Classic FM”, TV Media Partner with Sky Arts, and Associate Artists of Southbank Centre, London and The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of our finest cathedrals bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen has recently featured in the highly successful BBC television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale - a second series which focused on the music of Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Pärt and Tavener was broadcast in spring 2010 and is due to be released on BBC Two in the near future.

The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, London, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Cité de la musique, Paris, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and Vienna Musikverein and also at the BBC Proms, the festivals of Granada, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Prague, Bremen, La Chaise Dieu and Salzburg. In addition, The Sixteen’s period-instrument orchestra has taken part in highly acclaimed semi-staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully-staged production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon’s Belem Centre, followed by new productions of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera.

Over one hundred recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of five hundred years, winning many awards including Grand Prix du Disque, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music”, the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance and IKON which was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Classical Brits. These latter two discs were recorded as part of the group’s contract with Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2009 The Sixteen were given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone “Artist of the Year” award [the only ensemble in the award’s history to ever win this category] as well as winning “Baroque Vocal” for their recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which has recently released its eightieth title. Recent recordings include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Steffani’s Stabat Mater, Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, which accompanies the tenth Choral Pilgrimage, and Handel’s celebrated oratorio, Messiah, with an all-star soloist line-up which was awarded the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2010 CORO released the BBC’s groundbreaking first series of Sacred Music on DVD and The Sixteen’s award-winning recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems was nominated for a Grammy. Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue of releases, containing music from the Renaissance and Baroque through to great works of our time.

HARRY CHRISTOPHERS

Harry Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of The Sixteen as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen choir and orchestra throughout Europe, America and the Far East gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and twentieth-century music. He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising of around one hundred titles) for which he has won numerous awards including a Grand Prix du Disque for his first recording of Handel’s Messiah, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music” and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year award as well as Best Baroque Vocal for Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

In 2000 he instituted “The Choral Pilgrimage”, a national tour of British cathedrals and churches from Canterbury to Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, in music from the pre-Reformation, as The Sixteen’s contribution to the millennium celebrations. It raised awareness of this historic repertoire so successfully that The Choral Pilgrimage in the UK is now central to the annual artistic programme. Now in its tenth year, The Choral Pilgrimage this year will focus on some of the finest music by three leading Tudor composers: William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard.

In September 2008 Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; he is also Principal Guest Conductor of both the Granada Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid as well as enjoying a very special partnership with the BBC Philharmonic including a disc of American-inspired works by Ives, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Tippett which won a Diapason d’Or. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields who have all benefited from his dynamic brand of programming. Within the last few years he has also conducted the Hallé, the London Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, with whom he returned in Spring 2008.

Increasingly busy in opera, he began a Monteverdi cycle in 1998, in new productions for Lisbon Opera House, with Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, following his success there with Gluck’s Orfeo. In 2000 he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Lisbon Opera as well as Purcell’s King Arthur and Rameau’s Platée and made an acclaimed début with English National Opera, conducting Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. He has since conducted productions of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Ariodante at ENO as well as the UK première of Messager’s Fortunio for Grange Park Opera. In 2006, Mozart’s anniversary year, he conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Granada Festival and after the outstanding success of Handel’s Semele and Hercules and Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba at Buxton Opera in past seasons, he returned in 2008 to conduct a highly acclaimed and powerful production of Handel’s Samson.

Harry Christophers is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.

For more information on The Sixteen, Harry Christophers and CORO, please visit www.thesixteen.com.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

THE SIXTEEN

After thirty-one years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.

At home in the UK, The Sixteen are “The Voices of Classic FM”, TV Media Partner with Sky Arts, and Associate Artists of Southbank Centre, London and The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of our finest cathedrals bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen has recently featured in the highly successful BBC television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale - a second series which focused on the music of Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Pärt and Tavener was broadcast in spring 2010 and is due to be released on BBC Two in the near future.

The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, London, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Cité de la musique, Paris, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and Vienna Musikverein and also at the BBC Proms, the festivals of Granada, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Prague, Bremen, La Chaise Dieu and Salzburg. In addition, The Sixteen’s period-instrument orchestra has taken part in highly acclaimed semi-staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully-staged production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon’s Belem Centre, followed by new productions of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera.

Over one hundred recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of five hundred years, winning many awards including Grand Prix du Disque, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music”, the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance and IKON which was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Classical Brits. These latter two discs were recorded as part of the group’s contract with Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2009 The Sixteen were given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone “Artist of the Year” award [the only ensemble in the award’s history to ever win this category] as well as winning “Baroque Vocal” for their recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which has recently released its eightieth title. Recent recordings include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Steffani’s Stabat Mater, Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, which accompanies the tenth Choral Pilgrimage, and Handel’s celebrated oratorio, Messiah, with an all-star soloist line-up which was awarded the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2010 CORO released the BBC’s groundbreaking first series of Sacred Music on DVD and The Sixteen’s award-winning recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems was nominated for a Grammy. Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue of releases, containing music from the Renaissance and Baroque through to great works of our time.

HARRY CHRISTOPHERS

Harry Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of The Sixteen as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen choir and orchestra throughout Europe, America and the Far East gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and twentieth-century music. He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising of around one hundred titles) for which he has won numerous awards including a Grand Prix du Disque for his first recording of Handel’s Messiah, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for “Early Music” and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year award as well as Best Baroque Vocal for Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

In 2000 he instituted “The Choral Pilgrimage”, a national tour of British cathedrals and churches from Canterbury to Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, in music from the pre-Reformation, as The Sixteen’s contribution to the millennium celebrations. It raised awareness of this historic repertoire so successfully that The Choral Pilgrimage in the UK is now central to the annual artistic programme. Now in its tenth year, The Choral Pilgrimage this year will focus on some of the finest music by three leading Tudor composers: William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard.

In September 2008 Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; he is also Principal Guest Conductor of both the Granada Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid as well as enjoying a very special partnership with the BBC Philharmonic including a disc of American-inspired works by Ives, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Tippett which won a Diapason d’Or. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields who have all benefited from his dynamic brand of programming. Within the last few years he has also conducted the Hallé, the London Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, with whom he returned in Spring 2008.

Increasingly busy in opera, he began a Monteverdi cycle in 1998, in new productions for Lisbon Opera House, with Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, following his success there with Gluck’s Orfeo. In 2000 he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Lisbon Opera as well as Purcell’s King Arthur and Rameau’s Platée and made an acclaimed début with English National Opera, conducting Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. He has since conducted productions of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Ariodante at ENO as well as the UK première of Messager’s Fortunio for Grange Park Opera. In 2006, Mozart’s anniversary year, he conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Granada Festival and after the outstanding success of Handel’s Semele and Hercules and Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba at Buxton Opera in past seasons, he returned in 2008 to conduct a highly acclaimed and powerful production of Handel’s Samson.

Harry Christophers is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.

For more information on The Sixteen, Harry Christophers and CORO, please visit www.thesixteen.com.

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