In Chains of Gold Vol. 2 (Gibbons Project phase 2)

by Bill Hunt in Teddington, Greater London, England

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by December 11th 2018 at 7:22pm

IN CHAINS OF GOLD VOLUME 2: to make a second CD of the great English verse anthem repertoire, following the success of our first.

by Bill Hunt in Teddington, Greater London, England

New stretch target

We want to look beyond making this CD and bring this magnificent music to  concert audiences. But it's very expensive music to put on in concert. You need a minimum of 5 singers and 5 players, and the larger pieces, such as some we're recording on this CD, need many more than that. There is no way of doing this on the cheap, if it is to have the best singers, who understand the declamatory style of this music, as well as expert instrumentalists. Our aim is to start a fund which will support our concerts by making them affordable to smaller concert promoters, and will also enable us to bring the music to workshops and educational events, so that many more can discover its riches and perform it themselves. Any funds raised in excess of our target for the recording will go to a fund to subsidise our concert fees.


'In Chains of Gold, Volume 1: the complete consort anthems of Orlando Gibbons' (Signum Records: SIGCD511), is a CD that was funded largely through Crowdfunder UK in 2016, released last November and voted ‘Critic’s Choice’ for 2017 in Gramophone Magazine, receiving wide critical acclaim. Now there is huge demand to hear more of the great verse anthem repertoire:

'... I urge everyone to start collecting these volumes as they appear over the coming years ... a real treat' (Early Music Review, February 2018)

'... Volume two from this dream-team will be eagerly awaited’ (Choir and Organ, January 2018)

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The same ‘dream-team’ of Magdalena Consort, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and Fretwork will be assembled again in January 2019. They will record a second volume of verse music, this time from the earlier period of verse anthems, featuring some of the most famous pieces of the repertoire, such as William Byrd’s Easter anthem 'Christ rising' and Thomas Morley’s 'Out of the deep' and John Bull's 'Star Anthem'. The CD will also include some significant pieces of reconstruction. 'Look and bow down' is a setting by William Byrd of the words of Queen Elizabeth on the defeat of the Armada. Long reputed to have been performed before her in November 1588 in a great procession before St Paul’s Cathedral, the music has only recently been extracted from a piece of lute intabulation. 'O God of Gods' is a magnificent anthem for soloists and double choir, a grand musical oration, written to celebrate the accession of James I by Edmund Hooper. He was a leading contemporary of Gibbons, who was highly regarded in his own time but is scarcely known today. 'Hearken ye nations', also by Hooper, is an impassioned expression of thanksgiving for deliverance from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, presumably performed for James and his court and, like several other pieces on this CD, now being heard for the first time in over 400 years.

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In addition to the rich array of viols and early wind used on our Gibbons CD, the instrumental accompaniment this time will include a specially reconstructed ‘Tudor organ’, made by the historical makers Goetze and Gwynn – fascinatingly different in character from organs of today. Minute attention is being given to many details, and nowhere more than in the expertise of Peter Harvey’s group of specialist singers Magdalena Consort, whose familiarity with period style will give these performances a vividness that relates this highly rhetorical music to the revolutionary era of the early baroque, where it truly belongs.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Thank you tweet

A thank you tweet. Our sincere thanks for supporting this project

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Gibbons CD

A copy of our CD of Orlando Gibbons consort anthems – the first recording in our project, released a year ago this month – signed by 3 of the artists

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£50 Fretwork T shirt

A very rare item: A Fretwork 10th anniversary T shirt, signed by 3 members of the group. (Extra Large)

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£50 William Lawes T shirt

A very rare item: A Fretwork William Lawes 450th anniversary T shirt, signed by 3 members of the group. (Medium)

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£50 William Lawes T shirt

A very rare item: A Fretwork William Lawes 450th anniversary T shirt, (unsigned: Large).

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Our new CD

A copy of our new CD of verse and consort anthems by Byrd, Bull, Morley, Hooper and Mundy – phase 2 of our project – signed by 5 of the artists

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A chat about verse anthems

A personal chat about verse anthems with Bill over coffee (anywhere in London, elsewhere by special arrangement). Sounds a bit nerdy, but Bill is passionate about this music and loves talking about it!

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£85 Signed copies of BOTH our CDs

Get a copy of BOTH of our CDs - the Gibbons and the new one - signed by 5 of the players.

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Invitation to rehearsal

An invitation to attend one of our rehearsals for this recording on January 21-23 and meet some of the artists

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Invitation to recording session

An invitation to attend one of our recording sessions on January 25-27 and meet some of the artists

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concert invitation and CD

An invitation to a private concert on January 24th, prior to our recording sessions, with an an opportunity to meet some of the artists, and a complimentary copy of the CD with your name listed on a special donors’ page of the CD booklet

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£250 or more to sponsor a consort verse anthem

We are recording several newly reconstructed consort verse anthems, not heard for over 400 years. Sponsor one and it will have your name attached to it in the CD booklet. You will also receive a signed copy of the CD and an invitation to our private pre-recording concert on January 24th. Choose from one of the options: Byrd's 'O Lord, rebuke me not', Byrd's 'Hear my prayer', Hooper's 'O God of Gods' or Hooper's 'Hearken ye nations'

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concert invitation, CD and presentation score

An invitation to a private concert on January 24th, prior to our recording sessions, with an opportunity to meet some of the artists, and a complimentary copy of the CD with your name listed on a special donors’ page of the CD booklet. Also a complimentary subscriber’s score of some of the anthems on our recording, produced by Fretwork Editions and signed by 5 of the artists.


Let's make 'In Chains of Gold Vol. 2 (Gibbons Project phase 2)' happen