On 23 June 2016, Sonoro, a new chamber choir launched in February this year by Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins, will perform three modern masterpieces by James MacMillan, Frank Martin and Ildebrando Pizzetti.

The professional choir prides itself in a rich and full European sound, allowing the singers to be free to use all of their voice. The choir is made up of some of the country’s finest professional choral singers who are also soloists in their own right.

Sonoro performs a wide range of repertoire from Baroque masterpieces by composers such as J.S. Bach and Handel to contemporary works by James MacMillan and will focus on music from the Romantic era and early 20th Century.

The concert on 23 June will take place at St James’s Church, Paddington at 8pm and features MacMillan’s Miserere, Pizzetti’s Requiem and Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir.

Neil Ferris, Co-Artistic Director and conductor of Sonoro, said: ‘Following our first two concerts earlier this year in February and April, the response from audiences has been very encouraging. We are aiming for a warmer, richer sound and it’s clear from the reactions we have received that this approach has been widely welcomed. The singers have all been hand-picked in order to ensure the best blend and ensemble and it is a joy to work with some of the best in the business and allow them to be free to use their full voices to produce the choir’s trademark and unique sound.’

Michael Higgins, Co-Artistic Director of Sonoro, said: ‘The sound that Sonoro produces is particularly suited to Romantic and 20th century works, but it is fascinating to explore all areas of repertoire and to present works such as the Baroque masterpieces in a refreshing and innovative way. It challenges audiences to question the way choral music is heard in this country and we hope to bring new life to the genre.’

Future concerts include Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in Sacred Heart, Wimbledon on 22 September 2016 and a programme for music for Advent entitled O Radiant Dawn, which will be performed at St James’s Piccadilly on 25 November 2016.

Plans for 2017 and beyond include several concerts across London together with the release of the choir’s debut album, details of which will be announced shortly.


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