Alamire boasts some of the finest consort singers in the world under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating imaginative programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes. The ensemble was formed by three friends and experts in the early music scene in 2005, David Skinner, Robert Macdonald and Steven Harrold.
Performing throughout Europe and the USA, the consort records exclusively for Obsidian Records for whom they have won a number of awards. In March 2010 they received critical acclaim (Gramophone Record of the Month) for their ground-breaking CD of the complete motets of the Cantiones Sacrae (1575) of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. This is the first in the exciting project entitled Library of English Church Music - a series of 30 recordings which will explore the highlights of the repertoire. Alamire’s latest release for Christmas 2012 is Deo Gracias Anglia, a recording of the complete Trinity Carol Roll.
Recent collaborations with Andrew Lawrence-King, QuintEssential Sackbut & Cornett Ensemble and highly acclaimed projects including soundtracks for TV and film, sound installations for art galleries, festival appearances and radio broadcasts have been extremely well received. Upcoming projects include an exciting collaboration with historian David Starkey for a new TV series to be broadcast on BBC 2 in summer 2013 and concerts in the UK, Europe and the US (including an appearance at the American Choral Directors’ Association 2014 conference in Santa Barbara). The consort are also exploring collaborations with contemporary composers.
Alamire takes its name from the solemnization symbols found in the 'hand' of Guido d'Arezzo, an 11th-century teacher and theorist; the term was also used as a pseudonym by the early 16th-century scribe and music editor, Petrus Alamire (aka Peter van den Hove, c.1470 - 1536).