SANSARA | The Waiting Sky: Christmas Recording

by SANSARA in London, England, United Kingdom


raised of £7,500 target
78% 5 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 27th 2019 at 9:01am

We need your help to raise £7,500 to fund our new recording, ‘The Waiting Sky: Music for Advent and Christmas’

by SANSARA in London, England, United Kingdom


We need your help to raise £7,500 to fund our new recording, The Waiting Sky: Music for Advent and Christmas before our deadline of Friday 27 September. All donations are greatly appreciated and we have some brilliant rewards on offer, including *limited edition* prints of the cover artwork by Charlie Barton, as well as tickets to our Christmas concert on Sunday 15 December.

“SANSARA slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional performers” - Choir & Organ

SANSARA is a registered charity and can claim Gift Aid on all donations. When making your donation, please tick the box for Gift Aid to make your donation go 25% further.

The Waiting Sky is a collection of our favourite music for the Christmas season from Advent to Epiphany. The programme explores the anticipation of Christmas, through works by masters of the Renaissance alongside pieces by living composers, combining to conjure an aura of mystery and excitement.

“This is truly special” - Sir James MacMillan, SANSARA New Music Patron

Recorded in the beautiful church of St Augustine’s in Kilburn, London between 25-27 June, the disc will be released in time for Christmas 2019. The total budget for the project is around £15,000 and we have already secured roughly 50% of this through saving from concerts, profits from our first recording and a few anonymous donations. Recording is an expensive business and our costs include venue hire, fees for our professional singers, and the production of the recording itself. 

"the a cappella sound of the future" - Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars & SANSARA Artistic Patron

Thomas Tallis - Videte miraculum à6
Josquin des Prez - Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria à5
Judith Weir - Ave Regina caelorum
Hieronymus Praetorius - Joseph, lieber Joseph mein—Magnificat Quinti Toni—In dulci jubilo
Sir James MacMillan - Dominus dabit benignitatem
Oliver Tarney - The Waiting Sky
Rhiannon Randle - O magnum mysterium
Sir John Tavener - The Lamb
Oliver Tarney - Balulalow
Marco Galvani - The Oxen
William Byrd - Reges Tharsis à5
Oliver Tarney - The Wise Men and the Star
Marco Galvani - On Christmas Morn

Your donation will go towards the remaining 50% of our total budget which includes final production costs, as well as helping the recording reach the widest possible audience through worldwide physical distribution and online streaming services.

By donating on this platform you will also be invited to join our mailing list and become a Friend of the group. We are always looking to build relationships with our supporters and the Friends of SANSARA are integral to the work we do. More information on becoming a Friend is available via our website and you can always contact our Friends Coordinator Olivia Williams on

Artwork by Charlie Barton

SANSARA is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. As a collective body of voices, a choir is a living, breathing instrument with unparalleled expressive potential. SANSARA realises this through direct and honest music-making, always striving to conjure compelling atmospheres, communicating with clarity and integrity.

SANSARA works as a chamber ensemble without a single director or conductor. The result is a highly engaged and versatile group of professional musicians, working together with a unified voice to express a shared artistic vision. The choir has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, presenting choral music old and new in vivid narrative programmes, tying thematic and textual links into rich live experiences. 

Winners of the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition, the choir’s performance highlights include Barbican Sound Unbound, V&A, London A Cappella, Temple Winter, Winchester, Budleigh, and Newbury Spring Festivals and a performance of Arvo Pärt's music at St John's Smith Square, with the composer present.

The choir’s debut recording, Cloths of Heaven, was released in February 2017 and received high praise for the group’s “perfect intonation and clean, pure sound” (The Observer) and “breathtaking interpretations” (Choir & Organ). The disc has since been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir, Breakfast and Essential Classics.

For more information about the choir, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SansaraChoir. 

Thank you so much for your support! This project has been a wonderful experience so far and we thrilled that you are now involved. We look forward to sharing the results with you very soon.

Please share this page on social media using the hashtag #TheWaitingSky and tagging us @SansaraChoir.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact us on


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Your copy of the CD

Receive your copy of the CD as soon as it is ready

£10 or more

Thank you!

A personal thank you from the Artistic Directors

£25 or more

Advanced streaming and website listing

Get streaming access in advance of the international release and have your donation acknowledged on our website

£100 or more

Signed copy and Christmas concert tickets

Receive a signed copy of the CD and two tickets to our Christmas Concert on Sunday 15 December

£250 or more

Christmas cards

All of the above plus a pack of Christmas cards with the cover artwork

£500 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Limited edition print

All of the above plus a limited edition high quality print of the cover artwork plus two more tickets to our Christmas concert on Sunday 15 December

£1,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

VIP reception

All of the above plus an invitation to an exclusive reception after our Christmas concert with the choir, Artistic Directors and Trustees

Let's make 'SANSARA | The Waiting Sky: Christmas Recording' happen

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