St James' welcomes one of the newest and most popular male ensembles to come out of England : The Gesualdo Six. Just over four years ago, a group of young singers formed the vocal ensemble for a performance of the Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo's “Tenebrae Responsories” in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge. Since then, the group has given more than sixty performances in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Just last April, they released their first CD, English Motets, which showcases the extraordinary journey composition took around the English Reformation, including works by Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard, Dunstable and Cornysh. One of the UK newspapers reported : 'The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them – talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire.'
The Gesualdo Six will be touring Canada this summer, giving seven concerts in premier venues across three Canadian provinces. Their Vancouver appearance will be at St James' Anglican Church on Saturday, July 21st, at 7:30pm. The eclectic programme will include works by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, and Hildegard von Bingen.
John Rutter said about The Gesualdo Six :
'Revel in the gorgeous sounds, the spellbinding music, the programmes with something for everyone. Don't miss them. I guarantee you'll have the best evening ever.'