York Can­tores cel­e­brate 20th an­niver­sary

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC - David Den­ton

WHILE the au­di­ence ap­plauded an­other suc­cess­ful con­cert, there was that sink­ing feel­ing among the stu­dents at York’s Ripon and St John Col­lege, believ­ing it was the last time they would be to­gether.

But as York Can­tores founder mem­ber, Claire Jowett, re­calls, “We didn’t want to stop singing, and we per­suaded Stephen Hart­ley, who had been our con­duc­tor at col­lege to help us, and twenty years later we are still go­ing strong.”

Us­ing the orig­i­nal for­mat of no more than twenty-four voices, they formed the York Can­tores, and were soon to find a per­ma­nent place among the many choral groups al­ready ex­ist­ing in the city. It was not long be­fore they were soon re­ceiv­ing rave re­views.

“As a choir we recog­nise that we all have busy lives,” con­tin­ues their present con­duc­tor, Peter Col­lis. “And per­haps for that rea­son we con­tinue to choose chal­leng­ing pro­grammes so that we get real the value of re­hears­ing and per­form­ing to­gether.”

That in­volves a vast range of mu­sic, and out­stand­ing pieces from among their re­cent con­certs have in­cluded works from the Span­ish Re­nais­sance. And to cel­e­brate their 20th birth­day they have cho­sen a pro­gramme de­voted to Bri­tish mu­sic from the 16th to the 20th cen­tury which in­cludes Fran­cis Jack­son’s The Shell, and Will Todd’s Vidi Speciosam.

Col­lis has the fi­nal word, “I aim to en­sure that the choir gives the best pos­si­ble per­for­mances, there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for au­di­ences in York.”

York Can­tores, National Cen­tre for Early Mu­sic, York, Jun 15, 8pm. 01904 658338.

Do­brinka Tabakova, born in Bul­garia in 1980, but ed­u­cated and now liv­ing in Lon­don, of­fers a very in­di­vid­ual 21st cen­tury mu­si­cal voice that em­ploys a mod­ern tonal­ity and an in­no­va­tive use of in­stru­ments. The high-im­pact Cello Con­certo is a tech­ni­cal chal­lenge to the soloist, stun­ningly played by Kristina Blau­mane, while mu­sic of yes­ter­year, heard through mod­ern ears, comes with the highly at­trac­tive Suite in Old Style fea­tur­ing the quite sen­sa­tional vi­ola soloist Maxim Rysanov. A re­mark­able mod­ern mu­sic re­lease.

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