With your help, we aim to raise £6,000 by Friday 9 December to fund Sonoro’s debut recording, to enable more people like you to hear our unique sound and previously unrecorded works by world renowned composer Sir James MacMillan.
Bringing Sonoro's rich and full sound to the works of James MacMillan and Frank Martin
Entitled Passion & Polyphony, we’ve paired works by contemporary composers James MacMillan and Frank Martin which are a wonderful vehicle for Sonoro’s distinctive sound. Inspired by their deep personal faith and firmly steeped in the Gregorian and early polyphonic traditions, these works blend the past with the present in a thrilling fashion.
“Sonoro aims to produce an inviting, rich timbre and pretty much perfectly achieved this… I have no doubt that Sonoro is going places.” David Truslove, Classical Source.
A strong Catholic faith is central to the creative outpouring of MacMillan; his output includes a significantly high proportion of sacred choral pieces. Sonoro wants to record 9 of them, including the first recordings of 2 motets Children are a heritage of the Lord and Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament. The recording will also include the profoundly moving and atmospheric Miserere and Bring us, O Lord God which has been described as “a pinnacle of 20th century a cappella writing”.
Still not widely known, Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir is a masterpiece. It was such a personal outpouring that it remained in a drawer for 40 years until its first performance in 1963. It epitomises the kind of neglected 19th and early 20th century repertoire which Sonoro is passionate about championing and bringing to a wider audience.
Why do we need your help?
Recording is an essential part of reaching new audiences and promoters, and for raising our profile within the classical music industry. Our recordings will be our calling card and help us to achieve our vision through sound.
But it is an expensive mission. Ticket sales, even for sold-out concerts, rarely cover the true cost of an event. The shortfall is made up by the generous contribution of our supporters and by various other grants and donations. However, most arts funding organisations won’t fund recordings, so we have to fund the costs through the generous support of friends like you.
In order to continue our mission, Sonoro needs your help now. £6,000 will fund this, our debut recording and help us reach new audiences, allowing us to build our following for concerts, which fund our educational work.
What rewards are we offering?
We have a great range of rewards! You can help us raise £6,000 by pledging as much or as little as you like.
If you simply want to make a donation you can pledge £10 and we’ll say a big ‘thank you’ in the launch concert programme and on the website. Or you may be interested in some of the other exciting things we’re offering:
- A copy of the CD signed by Sonoro’s artistic directors.
- Tickets to the launch concert and an invitation to the exclusive launch reception (7 October 2017) for you and a guest, plus a signed copy of the CD.
- A singing lesson with one of the choir or a 1:2:1 conducting lesson with Neil Ferris.
- An exclusive invitation to you and a guest to attend the final recording session.
- A private performance from selected members of Sonoro.
How else can you help?
You can also help by letting others know how unique Sonoro is and telling them about our campaign.
Sonoro are an exceptional new professional chamber choir, who have attracted attention for their warm tone, rich blend of colours and vibrancy in performance. Sonoro is made up of some of the country’s finest professional choral singers who are also soloists in their own right.
“...vividly exciting and vibrantly thrilling...” Planet Hugill
Sonoro’s distinctive sound has already propelled the ensemble to secure engagements from some of the UK's most prestigious venues and promoters, including the London Chamber Music Series at Kings Place, London and a sell out concet at the Wimbledon International Music Festival.
The choir’s unmistakably rich and full sound has been realised by allowing each singer to be free to use all of their voice, matched with careful blending, creating warmth and resonance. ‘Sonoro’ in Italian means ‘sonorous, voices that are rich and full’ and Sonoro lives up to that name as a choir with a distinctive and perfectly blended sound.
As our Artistic Directors, Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins explain: “We’re really excited about recording ‘Passion and Polyphony’. The programme will display Sonoro’s engaging, rich, expressive sound. The Frank Martin ‘Mass’ is an intricate and demanding work written for double choir, which Sonoro is able to deliver with subtle changes of mood and colour.”
Sonoro's debut concert Baroque Masterpieces at St Martin in the Fields, London