Songs of Farewell for the BBC Music Magazine

Help The Carice Singers to record Hubert Parry's "Songs of Farewell" and other part-songs for the BBC Music Magazine.

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On 14th Jan 2018 we successfully raised £4,065 of £4,000 target with 54 supporters in 42 days

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Aim

To raise £4000, enabling The Carice Singers to record Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell for BBC Music Magazine.

About the project

We have an exclusive arrangement with the BBC Music Magazine to record Hubert Parry’s extraordinary, thought-provoking choral music.

Sir Hubert Parry was a renowned English composer who has since earned the admiration and undying gratitude of a great many later musicians and composers. His death on 7th October 1918, almost exactly a month before the Western Front fell quiet for the final time, came soon after the completion of his six exquisite Songs of Farewell. These pieces together represent some of the most meaningful expressions of poignant texts ever written for a group of unaccompanied singers, and we feel privileged to have been invited to record them for BBC Music Magazine.

We (The Carice Singers, conducted by George Parris) hope to offer a fresh interpretation of these oft-performed works for the composer's anniversary, continuing our passion for and commitment to English twentieth-century repertoire. The disc will also include a selection of Parry’s finest works for unaccompanied choir (including Sorrow and Pain, There Rolls the Deep, and In Praise of Song), breathing new life into the composer’s undeservedly neglected works for choir.

Our recording will feature as the free cover CD to the BBC Music Magazine’s October 2018 edition.

About us

The Carice Singers is a unique vocal ensemble conducted by George Parris, committed to bringing a pure sound and an imaginative approach to a wide spectrum of choral music, with a particular passion for educating people of all ages about the themes and contexts behind the music.

Named after Elgar's daughter, the ensemble has been described as having a “beauty of tone” and “musicality” that “few can match” (Gramophone Magazine, 2016). The choir has performed at many festivals and venues throughout the British Isles and in Europe.

The Carice Singers' previous three discs with the Naxos label have been praised for their “captivating interpretations” (Choir & Organ Magazine) and “beautifully blended tone” (The Guardian).

How to help

A recording project such as this is a huge financial mountain for a small group such as ours. With no public funding, we rely on the generous support of individuals to ensure the quality and far-reaching aspects of our projects. We would love you to become involved in our story, and hope that you will consider supporting this recording.

Rewards

Your support will be greatly appreciated, and we have a number of ways to say thank you.

For any more information about the project, please email us at george@thecaricesingers.co.uk

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