CHORAL CHIHUAHUA

Choral Chihuahua is a new podcast series in which three British choral directors chat about things that matter to them: composers they love, points of choral technique, classic but also niche choral works, other groups and singers they admire. What is a tertiary shift and does it matter to anyone except Robert? Why was Harry first drawn to the music of James Macmillan? Can Eamonn explain why all singers should embrace their internal choral chihuahua? With a light-hearted touch, three stalwarts of the UK's hugely varied choral scene chew the choral cud about how (and why) you do it and what they've learnt along the way.


Choral Chihuahua is brought to you by I Fagiolini and The Sixteen and produced by Percius, The Sixteen and Polyphonic Films. It's supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and I Fagiolini Charitable Trust.


Eamonn Dougan

Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational communicator with a wide-ranging repertoire, and is a renowned vocal coach and baritone. He sings with I Fagiolini and is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, Music Director of the Thomas Tallis Society and Chief Conductor for Jersey Chamber Orchestra. Eamonn has a developing relationship with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor.

Robert Hollingworth

Robert founded I Fagiolini in 1986 and has spent much of his life thinking around how to present music of a different time and context to contemporary audiences. He has presented all the group's signature projects but also directed the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Concert Orchestra and some of the world’s finest chamber choirs including Accentus, NDR Chor, BBC Singers, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and RIAS Kammerchor.

Harry Christophers CBE

Any account of choral music in the early twenty-first century would be incomplete without a chapter dedicated to the work of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The conductor, in partnership with the ensemble he founded forty years ago, has set benchmark standards for the performance of everything from late medieval polyphony to new works from today’s finest choral composers.