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Anne Boleyn's Songbook: Alamire's next project confirmed

Anne Boleyn is famously the the most notorious of Henry VIII’s six wives. She was brought up in France and for a time was under the guardianship of Margaret of Austria, who was patron some of the most famous composers in all of Europe. It is here where the young Anne developed her keen musical tastes, and when a collection of her favourite works began to be assembled into what is now known as the Anne Boleyn Songbook (Royal College of Music, MS 1070).

Anne Boleyn's Songbook
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Alamire Press Office

Release Date: 
Sep 2015

SPY Success! No. 2 in the Official Classical Charts in First Week of Release

Teasing title, glorious music: the first complete recording (on two CDs) of all 34 pieces in a gloriously illustrated manuscript presented to Henry VIII by Petrus Alamire, a famous scribe, composer, diplomat, engineer and (allegedly) double-agent. The history is fascinating; so is the fabulous music, a tour d'horizon of early 16th-century polyphony, sonorously delivered by the choir Alamire and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble under David Skinner.
THE TIMES (5 Stars), Richard Morrison

The performances are meticulous, the sound rich, and the effect often sumptuous.

The Spy's Choirbook
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The Times

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!

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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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