“The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them – talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire.” – The Tablet, 2016
The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, some of whom have performed previously at Music Niagara as part of the Trinity College Cambridge Choir.
Tickets $47 (all inc) at the door from 6:45 – St. Mark’s Church
Tallis, Thomas: Te lucis ante terminum
Byrd, William: Miserere mihi, Domine
Gombert, Nicholas: Media vita
Park, Owain: Phos hilaron
Pärt, Arvo: Christ is the morning star
White, Robert: Christe qui lux es et dies (III)
Tomkins, Thomas: Have mercy upon me, O God
Plummer, John: Tota pulchra es
von Bingen, Hildegard: O Virtus Sapientiae
Bednall, David: Put out into the deep
Byrd, William: Vigilate
Marenzio, Luca: Potrò viver io più se senza luce
Palestrina, Giovani Pierluigi da: lo son ferito, ahi lasso
Blok-Wilson, Gerda: O Little Rose, O Dark Rose
Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘La petite fille sage’ (i)
Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘Le petit garçon malade’ (iv)
Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘Le hérisson’ (v)
Park, Owain: Fantasia on English Children’s Songs
Various: Folksongs from the British Isles
The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over sixty performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. Over this time, The Gesualdo Six further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.
The Gesualdo Six has performed in many festivals in the UK (Temple Winter Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, St John’s Smith Square Holy Week and Christmas Festivals), Germany, The Netherlands, France, Poland, Jersey and Monaco. The ensemble recognises the importance of teaching, and regularly incorporates outreach work into its activities, holding workshops for choirs and composers and giving concerts alongside local performers.
Whilst initially focusing on early music, concert programmes began to reflect a desire to include more modern repertoire and now renaissance polyphony is often juxtaposed with works by composers including György Ligeti and Joanna Marsh amongst others. In 2016, The Gesualdo Six successfully curated its first Composition Competition, supported by St John’s Smith Square and the Music Sales group of companies, attracting 174 entries from around the world.
The ensemble will shortly release their debut recording on Hyperion Records, an album of English renaissance polyphony titled English Motets.