One of the UK’s leading choral directors for over 50 years, Stephen Wilkinson MBE has led both professional and amateur choirs across Europe, and is particularly renowned for his work with the BBC Northern Singers and the William Byrd Singers of Manchester.
Only retiring from conducting in 2009 at the age of 90, Stephen Wilkinson’s songs span the breadth of his long career as a conductor and musician, and are best described by his daughter Clare – an acclaimed mezzo-soprano herself who also performs on this recording – as being “a unique voice, yet deeply rooted in the English song tradition of Finzi, Gurney and Quilter.”
Performed by British singers Mhairi Lawson, Clare Wilkinson, James Gilchrist and Matthew Brook, they draw on texts by a wealth of sources including Auden, Yates, Coleridge, Shakespeare and many more.
Highly persuasive English lyricism… a worthwhile labour of love – The Guardian
There are fine things here…. strikingly original…. rooted in textual detail – Gramophone
Drawing on texts from the likes of Auden, Yates, Coleridge and Shakespeare, this is a must for devotees – Northern Echo
The English song tradition continues to bear fruit [and] Wilkinson takes his place in the canon – MusicWeb International