2016 Guest Artists
The Sixteen are one of the most renowned choirs in the world and they tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, giving regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide.
Known as “The Voices of Classic FM”, The Sixteen’s range of work spans the music of 500 years. Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which has released 142 titles to date. Recent releases include The Deer’s Cry, featuring music by William Byrd and Arvo Pärt, which will form part of their Choral Pilgrimage 2016 concert at this year’s Festival.
SLIXS, a German-based a cappella group, may perform without instruments but their unique style sets them far apart from any of the genre’s clichés. With a powerful mix of jazz, pop and funk, classical and world music, these six multitalented voices have rocked audiences at concerts and festivals across Europe and Asia.
The extensive international acclaim they have received, in addition to their packed concert halls and prized trophies, attest to the fact that this sextet is one of the best vocal ensembles in the world today.
Fauna, an all-female Norwegian vocal ensemble, explores Norwegian folk songs, sacred music and lullabies outside conventional forms. Their debut album, “Solefall” (Sunset), which captures the spirit of evening, night and morning, will be performed as a late-night concert in the beautiful setting of St. Augustine’s Church.
Catherine Ennis is an organ recitalist, teacher and choir director. She is Director of Music at the City of London church of St. Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, Vice- President of the Royal College of Organists, Director of the John Hill Young Artists recitals, Trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust for young organists, founder-editor of the London Organ Concerts Guide and Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists.
Recitals and recordings have taken her to many international venues; as a teacher, she has been involved in three major London Music conservatoires. She has given masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad, and is a frequent examiner and adjudicator for colleges and festivals. She is a frequent contributor to musical journals.
Catherine Ennis has helped create four major new London organs (The Rieger at St. Marylebone, shared with the Royal Academy of Music, the Klais at St. Lawrence Jewry, the William Drake at Trinity College of Music and the Queen’s Organ in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey, built by Mander).
Ragnar Rasmussen is Full Professor of Choir Conducting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tromsø, Norway and artistic director/conductor of the Mimas Chamber Choir and the Arctic World Ensemble. Together with Urša Lah he directs the international chamber choir Utopia & Reality. He was conductor of the Norwegian National Youth Choir in 2008-10, the World Youth Choir in 2010 and the Catalan Youth Choir in 2014.
He works frequently with professional choirs and orchestras, and gives masterclasses for choral conductors throughout Europe and other parts of the world. As a composer, he has written several a cappella works, vocal/instrumental works and an opera.
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