The Gesualdo Six 2017 Recording Project

We are fundraising to make our first CD recording of English Renaissance Polyphony

We did it!

On 18th Feb 2017 we successfully raised £5,340 of £3,000 target with 89 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

We have been absolutely overwhelmed by all the support we have received so far, and didn't imagine that we would be able to set a further stretch target. Thank you so much for your incredible support.

We'd really like to maximise the potential of this project, and so we've been thinking about ways that we can use this funding to improve aspects of the recording. We'd like to be able to film the sessions on HD cameras, and use these clips to promote our CD online. We'd also like to make the finished product look as professional as possible through engaging a booklet designer, which in turn would help market this CD more effectively.

In raising further funds, some of our savings can then be used to cultivate projects that are already in existence, such as collaborative performance opportunities for young composers through our composition competition, and workshops with children's choirs in the north of England. 

We have added several new rewards for those that are interested in pledging on this project. Thank you for your support – we are extremely grateful.

Owain and The Gesualdo Six

We are hoping to raise the final £3000 to make a recording of some of our favourite music from the English Renaissance, including works by Tallis, Sheppard and Byrd. We are incredibly grateful for any support, no matter the size, and have some ways to thank you for supporting this project which you can see listed on the right hand side of this page. 

About the group

 “The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them – talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire.” – The Tablet, 2016

The Gesualdo Six are a vocal sextet specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, the ensemble has since gone on to perform numerous concerts around the UK, including two summer tours.

Whilst focusing on early music, the group often programmes modern works, including pieces by Joanna Marsh, Sarah Rimkus and Paweł Łukaszewski in their recent concerts. The group were St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2015-2016, a scheme that invests in promising artists who show “enormous talent and energy”, endeavouring to help shape their futures. 

In 2016, the group successfully curated their first Composition Competition, supported by St John’s Smith Square and the Music Sales group of companies. The judges (John Rutter, Stephen Layton, Kate Johnson and Owain Park) were amazed by the number of entries and the extremely high standard of work; in the end there were over 170 entries spanning six continents.

Here is a recent performance of a work we’d really like to record on our disc:

About this project

Now that the group has been performing together for a good length of time, we feel that this is the perfect opportunity to commit some of our favourite repertoire to disc. We have already raised the majority of the total that it will cost to make this disc through saving from concerts and the generosity of some of our existing supporters. This will be our first album release, and will enable us to introduce this repertoire to new audiences as well as our friends and supporters. We're really excited and ready to make this recording, and we would be so grateful for any support you feel able to give.

The repertoire we'd like to record includes:

When David heard – Tomkins | Vigilate – Byrd | Suscipe quaeso Domine – Tallis | Quemadmodum – Taverner | Deliver me from mine enemies – Parsons | Ave maria, mater Dei – Cornysh

Rewards

We have some ways to thank you for supporting our project, which you can see listed on the right hand side of this page. These include:

  • Advance access to the finished recording
  • Acknowledgement in the CD booklet and on our website
  • The opportunity to attend our recording sessions

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our page. Please consider making a pledge, and also spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook. If you have any questions about the project and would like to get in touch, please email owain@thegesualdosix.co.uk.


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