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The Holst Singers

The Holst Singers

The Holst Singers are based in London and one of Britain’s foremost choirs, described by the BBC as “a leading chorus on the international stage”. With the support of their President, James Bowman, and Musical Director, Stephen Layton, the choir has developed an interest in exploring new and neglected works as well as core choral repertoire. In concert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert-going at its most revelatory”.

Recent CD releases include A Ceremony of Carols & St. Nicolas (2012) with Allan Clayton, City of London Sinfonia and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; and Ikon II (2010), the long-awaited sequel release to Ikon (1997), a disc that immediately became a cult classic and best-seller. Ikon II was described by BBC Radio 3 Record Review as “impeccable” and “so, so well-conceived”, with a “phenomenal sound”. Other notable recordings include Veljo Tormis (2008) on Hyperion (after which release the choir was invited to Estonia to perform his music); the Tavener Collection on Decca (2003) (which followed critically-acclaimed performances of which The Times commented

that “I don’t think I shall hear singing this year more thrilling”; Gretchaninov’s Vespers on Hyperion (1998) and Vaughan Williams’s setting of Shakespeare Songs and other English folk songs on Hyperion (1995).

Recent concert highlights include the Scott Centenary Concert Tour with City of London Sinfonia; Gabrieli at Temple Church and Trinity College, Cambridge in May 2012; performances of Poulenc’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem with City of London Sinfonia at Temple Church and Gloucester Cathedral in June and July 2013; the world premiere of City Songs, a commission from Eriks Esenvalds for the Voices Now Festival in Camden in June 2013; and Howells’s Requiem for All Souls’ Day 2013.

Recent touring has included Estonia in March 2009; Santiago de Compostela with the Hilliard Ensemble in Easter 2011; and Northern Ireland in October 2013.