Cantabile – The London Quartet has been delighting audiences for 30 years with its diverse range of programmes. From a cappella favourites to the sacred music of the last millennium, they are outstanding in both Comedy and the Classics.
"One of the finest vocal groups in Europe"
Dedicated to Renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, Gallicantus creates performances which draw out unifying themes within apparently diverse repertoire: to this end the singers are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretations of the music they love.
"England is blessed with a multitude of fine early music ensembles, but this one immediately rises to the forefront with the best of them." Fanfare Magazine
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups in the world. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.
“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” Gramophone
Formed in 2010, the British a cappella ensemble has been praised for eye-catching performances. The group performs a wide-ranging repertoire of classical and Christmas a cappella, retro jazz and pop. The five young professional singers give engaging and entertaining performances for audiences at festivals, private parties, corporate events and on the concert platform.
"What more can you possibly ask for? Here is a choir of young singers, fresh of tone and fresh of mind. They blend perfectly, they shade sensitively, they appear to work with a like mind towards an agreed ideal of choral sound." Gramophone
Stephen Cleobury has directed the choir of King’s College Cambridge for 30 years, and with the choir has worked with many leading orchestras and soloists. He complements his work in Cambridge with many other musical activities including orchestral and choral conducting, giving organ recitals and making frequent workshop and judging appearances as a choral expert.
"Hearing the choir minus the impressionistic shimmer of the chapel’s reverberation only increased one’s admiration for conductor Stephen Cleobury’s achievement in maintaining such standards."
James Burton is one the country’s leading choral conductors. He has conducted professional choirs including the Gabrieli Consort, the Choir of the OAE, the Wrocław Philharmonic Choir and the BBC Singers, and he has vast experience working with amateur and young singers.
"James Burton inspires Oxford's classy intercollegiate choir to realise a masterpiece in Randall Thompson's The Peaceable Kingdom … the bright, lithe sopranos are absolutely together … the stimulating rhythms, exquisite tuning, rich word painting and constant attention to imaginative dynamics make this an outstanding performance."
Justin Doyle is chief conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Chamber Choir from 2017/18. He has recently conducted at Opera North, Buxton Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the BBC Singers. He is currently Musical Director of the Haffner Orchestra (Lancaster), Young Sinfonia (Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead) and University of Manchester Chorus. With a vast choral repertoire, Justin has conducted most of the best-known oratorios and hundreds of a cappella chamber choir programmes.
David Allsopp - Countertenor
Former King’s College Cambridge choral scholar David Allsopp has performed across Europe singing Bach and Handel, as well as 20th-century repertoire at many festivals. As a collaborative artist he sings in the most renowned consort groups in the UK.
"...a very intelligent singer, with a most beautiful voice"
Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence”, Anna is especially noted for her work in Modern and Baroque repertoire. Previous opera stages include ROH, ENO, La Scala, Göttingen and Aldeburgh. Concert work includes Berlin Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Gulbenkian Lisbon, and Sydney Opera House.
"Dennis’s golden tone and rounded upper register held us enchanted."
"Only the most ambitious violinist could attempt all three of Brahms’s Sonatas in the one recital, and only an unusually gifted one could play them as well as did Simon Fischer."
Daniel Grimwood is one of the most original musicians of his generation. With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan Virginal music to composers of the modern day, he is a pianist of rare versatility, whose exceptional talent is internationally renowned.
"He has all the virtuoso velocity and firepower, and then some" BBC Music Magazine
PERFORMANCE & VOCAL COACH / TENOR
Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Phoenix has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of vocal styles and numerous languages. As an experienced vocal coach he has a particular interest in young and developing voices, in presentation, interview and audition technique.
MUSICIAN, AUTHOR & PUBLIC SPEAKER
Paul Smith is an innovative and creative performer, an inspirational educator and an empowering public speaker. As CEO of the VCM Foundation, co-founder of VOCES8 and author of The VOCES8 Method he has enjoyed a decade of work including global travel to prestigious concert venues, schools and universities.
Rihards Dubra’s musical output and distinctive voice is influenced by his upbringing as a Catholic within the Soviet regime. His choral and instrumental compositions are heard at festivals and concerts across the world, as well as on recordings. Focussing on sacred music, the popular Latvian composer receives regular commissions from musicians who are eager to perform music described by Dubra as being ‘a style of meditation’ shaped by his own strong faith.