Literally meaning ‘rooster song’ or ‘cock crow,’ Gallicantus takes its name from monastic antiquity for the office held just before the dawn, referring to the renewal of life offered by the coming day. Dedicated to renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, the membership of this early music group boasts a wealth of experience in consort singing, coming from groups such as Tenebrae, the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, The Tallis Scholars, The King’s Singers and the Gabrieli Consort.
Bound by a shared love of communicating text, the group is committed to creating performances which draw out unifying themes within apparently diverse repertoire. To this end they are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretations of the music they love.
Gallicantus released their first disc on Signum Classics in 2009, dedicated to the music of Robert White. Critics acclaimed an “impressive debut” (Observer) of “impassioned, exciting music” (The Times), whilst Gramophone Magazine declared: “What an outstanding disc… The opening of the Lamentations could stand as a kind of illuminated initial at the beginning of a gorgeous manuscript, so transparent and luminous is it.” The release of Dialogues of Sorrow coincided with a BBC radio programme featuring Gallicantus, with historians Tristram Hunt and Roy Strong, musicologist Sally Dunkley and Gabriel Crouch, on the story of the death of Prince Henry.
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