Choral Chihuahua is a podcast in which British choral directors chat about things that matter to them: composers they love, points of technique, classic but also niche choral works, other groups and singers they admire. With a light-hearted touch, Eamonn Dougan and Robert Hollingworth 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 University of York Music and produced by Polyphonic Films. It's supported through your donations and I Fagiolini Charitable Trust.
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 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.