Season 2, Ep. 22
Robert gets out and about, visiting an old flint church in a Kent field on the Pilgrims' Way, with a history of singers (Deller x 2), early music, a puddings fixation and 10 Midsummer concerts. A feast from The City Musick, Fieri Consort, Swingles, the Rameau Project, Marian Consort and the four natural trumpets of Spiritato.
Rachel Joy Staunton
Season 2, Ep. 21
'Tenors and basses - would anyone like to conduct?'Ouch.Meet RachelStaunton, director of London Youth Choirs.Inclusive by nature: also keen to espouse the chip butty (non-UK listeners, apologies).Inspiring episode and a must for anyone who in interested in what choirscouldbe and mean!
Season 2, Ep. 20
'And I believe you were once arrested in Ecuador...' Meet tenor Nicholas Mulroy - Monteverdi and Bach specialist but so very much more: the soul of many I Fagiolini projects, thinker about art, assistant director of the Dunedin Consort but with strong musical interests in South America.A joyful episode.
Season 2, Ep. 19
Coming late to (professional) composition, Cecilia McDowall is now one of the most prominent composers of the UK music scene, particularly well known in choral circles but with more plans for the future than seems decent.Meet her and hear some quite haunting pieces, with performances by The Sixteen, Sospiri, Susanna Fairbairn, Cleveland Chamber Choir and Eamonn himself...
Oddi e soddi
Season 2, Ep. 18
Eamonn and Robert enjoy piercing Rubbra, Bertolusi and Monteverdi - can that dissonance really be right? We finally get to hear Eamonn singing (Purcell) and another top hit from the Vox album.Also, who is Julia Donk?
An 'unknown' French masterwork
Season 2, Ep. 17
Robert's favourite piece of 20th century choral music is 'Les Cantiques des cantiques' (The Song of Songs) by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur from 1952.It's a 12-voice tapestry of choralsensualitéthat takes your breath away.Eamonn and Robert introduce it and ask why it's not more performed. (Spoiler: current time-sensitive discount offer on buying the scores at the end!)
Season 2, Ep. 16
Eamonn and Robert talk about two new albums: I Fagiolini's 'Draw on sweet night' of John Wilbye madrigals and The Sixteen's 'An Old Belief', featuring Parry's 'Songs of Farewell'.
Season 2, Ep. 15
Robert and Eamonn finally meet in the same room for Choral Chihuahua, discuss recent things and play favourite tracks.