This is a rich and varied collection of 21 Part Songs by none other than Sir Arthur Sullivan. With texts by poets such as Ben Jonson, Sir Walter Scott, HF Chorley and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, we are transported back to Victorian times and can enjoy all four seasons from ‘Fair Daffodils’ to ‘The Last Night of the Year’. Many of these songs are undeservedly less well-known and there are a few alternative settings of Christmas Carols. Kantos are a 16 piece choir on this recording and sing beautifully, producing a rich an mellifluous sound with the texts beautifully brought to life in a church acoustic.
Sir Arthur Sullivan
Joy to the victors
Lead, Kindly Light
Say, watchman, what of the Night?
Thro- sorrow's path
The way is long and dreary
It came upon the midnight clear
I sing the birth
All this night bright angels sing
Upon the snow-clad earth
The Last Night of the Year
O hush thee, my babie
The Rainy Day
When Love and Beauty
Wreaths for our graves
The long day closes
Recorded in The Parish Church of St Paul, Heaton Moor, Stockport on 17th & 18th July 2019
Front Cover Image: Whispering Eve by Gilbert Foster, courtesy of Bridgeman Images
Booklet design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Recording Engineer: David Coyle
Recording Production: Mike Purton
Total Time: 76.56
Release Date: February 2020
Kantos Chamber Choir was founded in 2015 by Musical Director, Ellie Slorach. The choir has since grown to be at the forefront of the choral scene in the North West, performing original and innovative chamber choir concerts. The choir has also performed and recorded with ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Ballet Sinfonia on record labels including Decca Classics. Kantos regularly sing for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service and Sunday Worship broadcasts and went on tour to Rome and Assisi with the BBC to broadcast a Choral Evensong service for Radio 3 among other special editions of the programme.
Ellie Slorach is a conductor based in the North West. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a masters degree with distinction in conducting in 2018 after studying music at the University of Manchester.
Ellie is the Musical Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra, Radius Opera, Chester Festival Chorus and Stafford Choral Society and the Associate Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir and Huddersfield Choral Society. In 2015 she founded Kantos Chamber Choir. With Kantos, Ellie has been the director and chorus master for numerous recordings and performances including with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic on labels including Decca Classics. Ellie regularly directs for
the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service and Sunday Worship broadcasts and directed Kantos in Rome and Assisi for broadcasts last summer.
In 2018, Ellie was on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme studying conducting with Marin Alsop and the Women’s Conductors course run by the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio. She was recently selected to work with the BBC Philharmonic in a masterclass and studio concert and in June 2018 she was a prize-winner in Romania at the Gheorghe Dima International Choir Conducting Competition.
For 2019, Ellie is the Young Associate Conductor for New Adventures, which sees her touring major UK theatres with Matthew Bourne’s new production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. She also gives her debut concert performances with the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Chamber Choir, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, and on tour with a première production by Radius Opera.
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