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THE SPY'S CHOIRBOOK released in October 2014

The sumptuous and richly illuminated choir-book, Royal 8.G.vii, is widely acknowledged as one of the finest early 16th-century musical manuscripts in the British Library. It was produced in the workshop of Petrus Alamire, who was head of one of the greatest musical scriptoriums in all of Europe, and the source of a great number of royal diplomatic gifts. Alamire was not only a scribe and musician, but also a mining engineer, merchant and diplomat. Between 1515 and 1518 he travelled to London as a spy for Henry VIII against Richard de la Pole, the then pretender to the English throne.

The Spy's Choirbook

Alamire Press Office

Release Date: 
Oct 2014

Alamire headlines ACDA (Western) in Santa Barbara, CA

David Skinner & Alamire recently toured the USA headlining the American Choral Directors' Association Western Division 50th Anniversary Conference in Santa Barbara, before travelling on to Indianapolis and Lubbock.

David also gave a key-note lecture at ACDA on the ‘Origins of the English Choral Tradition and how the English Sing’ before the group gave two back-to-back performances to a packed house in the historic Santa Barbara Mission ‘Music and the Reformation in the 16th Century; Via Anglica’ including works by Lambe, Taverner, Tallis & Byrd.

Alamire in Santa Barbara Mission
Release Date: 
Mar 2014

The Tallis Psalter is published by Novello & Co.

Tallis Psalter: Psalms and Anthems, Canticles, Preces and Responses is the first complete edition of the Psalter, allowing, for the first time in centuries, a performance within the Anglican liturgy. Also in this volume are Tallis’s surviving English anthems, including popular works such as If ye love me and Hear the voice and prayer, and lesser-known miniatures such as A new commandment and Purge me, O Lord, the evening Dorian Service, and Preces and Responses for five voices.

The Tallis Psalter
Release Date: 
Mar 2013

A New CD of Medieval Carols for Christmas 2012!


The Trinity Carol Roll (Trinity College, Cambridge, MS O.3.58) is the earliest source for the English polyphony carol. The thirteen works preserved in this manuscript include the patriotic ‘Agincourt’ carol, celebrating Henry V’s victory over the French in 1415, and the most famous of all early English carols ‘Ther is no rose’. The performances on this recording offer a fresh take on medieval instrumentation, and include the gothic harp, psaltery, plectrum lute, recorder and the etherial gemshorn, while the recording itself took place in the Wren Library in Trinity College, Cambridge.

Praise for John Taverner: Imperatrix inferni (Obsidian Records)

CD Taverner

"... music of outstanding quality ... luminous timbre ... the purity of tone and accuracy of tuning throughout this programme are about as fine as I have ever heard ... a sumptuous wash of sound that is at the same time highly intelligible ... beautifully produced." Andrew O'Connor (International Record Review)

"... exquisitely performed ... David Skinner negotiates these expansive, arching textures with poise and insight ... breathtaking" - Anthony Pryer (BBC Music Magazine)

"Alamire's singing approaches perfection" - Stephen Pettit (The Sunday Times)

Alamire teams up with Erika Esslinger Konzertagentur

Germany's top agent for early music ensembles - Erika Esslinger Konzertagentur - has recently signed Alamire for events in Germany from 2012. Look out for us in Nurnberg and Stuttgart very soon!

Alamire embarks on a landmark projected 30-volume Library of Early English Church music

Cantiones Sacrae CD

This 10-year project is conceived in three periods each of 10 volumes: I Medieval Music; II The Tudor Reformations; and III The Golden Age of Elizabeth and the Stuart Kings. The series will be accompanied by an illustrated companion to the series by David Skinner to be issued by a leading publisher.

The project was recently featured in Gramophone on-line. The article may be read here.

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