Harry Christophers and The Sixteen are named Classic FM Magazine's Artist of the Year

Feature News

15 June 2009

The Sixteen The Sixteen and their conductor and founder Harry Christophers are the subject of a thrilling piece of news in the year of their 30th anniversary. Describing them as an 'Ace chamber choir in pursuit of perfection in everything it does', Classic FM Magazine has nominated the conductor and his ensemble as their Inaugural Artist of the Year.

John Evans, Editor of Classic FM Magazine, confessed that it was difficult even to attempt to reduce all of the world's great artists to a list of a hundred – not to mention selecting the number one. Evans explained that that there are particular criteria that were taken into consideration and that made the final choice a valid one: 'On the basis of the three As – Artistry, Approachability and Activity – Harry Christophers and The Sixteen stood head and shoulders above the rest'.

Christophers did not hide his pleasure about the nomination and his satisfaction for The Sixteen's achievements, and he declared as follows: 'To be named Classic FM's Artist of the Year in this, our 30th anniversary season, is a wonderful tribute to a simply amazing ensemble. The Sixteen is a very special group of artists whose dedication is second to none; they are not only excellent musicians but they are also great friends and above all fun to be with. Quite frankly they make my job a real pleasure and this award is to be shared by every one of them'.

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have a busy schedule of concerts across Europe. This year, their annual Choral Pilgrimage is reaching exciting venues from Swansea to St Andrews. The music that they bring on tour includes pieces by Purcell, James MacMillan and Handel.

The choir is also involved in educational activities, both for the young and adults. Among the numerous events, highlights include workshops and special schools matinees for children; in addition, a unique partnership made it possible to have some concerts language-interpreted by Paul Whittaker MBE.

In the near future, The Sixteen will not only be busy on tour. They will also appear at the BBC Proms where, on 12 August, they will perform a programme including Handel's Coronation Anthems. Moreover, they will participate in the Edinburgh International Festival on 3 and 4 September. There, they will sing a selection of Bach Cantatas and The Fairy Queen respectively.

Among their further projects, the choir has also recorded several new CDs, all under their lively label CORO. Some of their latest releases include a Midem Award-winning Messiah and two discs featuring music from their current tour.

by Marina Romani

For further details on Harry Christophers and The Sixteen's concerts and recordings visit http://www.thesixteen.com/

Photo: Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Credits: Mark Harrison.

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