Join us on a voyage of choral discovery, exploring some of the UK’s most fascinating buildings and the unique stories that bind them to our choral heritage.
‘Rather than just do straight performances in churches we can’t get into, The Sixteen have blended music and documentary in their new Choral Odyssey. And it’s rather lovely.’ The Times****
Welcome to our brand-new, five-part series of programmes, A Choral Odyssey. Presented by actor Sir Simon Russell Beale, this special series, produced by The Sixteen, explores choral music and the history behind it from across the ages in iconic, relevant surroundings – from Byrd in Elizabeth I’s childhood home of Hatfield House, to Purcell in the reconstructed 17th-century theatre of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A mix of conversation, music demonstration and performance, these programmes reunite Harry Christophers and Simon Russell Beale – a partnership which proved so successful in the popular BBC Sacred Music series – and feature performers from The Sixteen. The series culminates in an ‘as live’ relay of our special Christmas concert from Cadogan Hall, which will weave together six centuries of festive choral masterpieces. We are thrilled to share this new endeavour with you and hope you will be intrigued by the mix of music, history and interesting architecture that the programmes offer.
We would like to thank you for supporting this project. In doing so you will be directly helping The Sixteen and its fantastic freelance musicians who have been so fundamentally hit by the Covid crisis. This project provides us with an opportunity to raise funds that will help us plan next year’s artistic season with confidence and ensure that we’re able to come back strong with all our concert and outreach activity, both for our loyal audience and performers. Please help us spread the word!
Episodes will be released every Wednesday from 18 November – 23 December 2020, with all episodes then available to watch on demand until 31 January 2021.
£50 – Series ticket (all five programmes plus the ‘as live’ performance from Cadogan Hall)
£10 – Single episode ticket
Only one ticket is required per household.
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A Choral Odyssey illustration © Tonwen Jones (www.tonwenjones.co.uk) and Tilly (aka runningforcrayons)
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