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Red Byrd

NMC has released a CD of Thea Musgrave’s Wild Winter, which she composed for us in 1993. The recording is taken from the Radio 3 broadcast of the first performance in Lichfield Cathedral in the 1993 Lichfield Festival. I’d almost forgotten all about it, and was surprised by how energised it sounds. The other singers in addition to me and Richard Wistreich are a very lively Ian Honeyman (currently doing a charity walk the length of the country singing for his supper) and Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. We’re accompanied by the supremely elegant Fretwork (including the much missed Richard Campbell, whose memorial service is at St Martin in the Fields on November 28th). The title of the album is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge NMC D167.

The Sound and the Fury

…have just finished recording the complete works of Firminus Caron. We already have one Caron CD out, and it’s rumoured that the complete set of masses and chansons will be out before the end of the year. Next year we’ll be re-recording Ockeghem’s Prolationum mass and several versions of the Cuius Vis Toni.

Cantum Puchriorum Invenire

The first recording of this research programme is about to happen, and we hope the release will coincide with the first live outing of the programme in next year’s York Early Music Festival, which will be in the Harewood House church, featuring a newly commissioned video from Michael Lynch. Chris O’Gorman and I have been rehearsing from beautiful facsimiles of the Florence manuscript, and we’re about to find out if our de-rhythmicised efforts actually work.

Dowland Project

We hope the CD will appear early in the new year, but we’re still waiting for a date from ECM.


…and the History of Singing


…is finally done, with the page proofs back with Cambridge University Press. When the book appears (January if we stick to the schedule) I’ll make a dedicated page on this site linking aspects of the book with some of my recordings and concert projects. The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (to which I contributed a chapter on the long 18th century) is due in February, with the Cambridge History of Medieval Music (my chapter is on modern performance thereof) following later in the year. That’s an awful lot of academic stuff for a lapsed academic – it must be time to write a novel…

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