Heaven full of stars

by Vasari Singers in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th June 2019 we successfully raised £9,120 with 184 supporters in 28 days

Please help us create a special and exciting new recording to celebrate Vasari Singers' 40th anniversary in 2020

by Vasari Singers in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are absolutely delighted to have reached our original target of £8000 with 5 days to spare!  Thankyou so much to everyone who has pledged.

We have set a stretch target of £10000.  This means that we will get to keep any extra money pledged between now and the end of the appeal up to that maxiumum amount. With the extra money, we will be able to spend longer rehearsing, editing, planning and making the recording absolutely perfect and we are now hugely looking forward to releasing  Heaven full of stars in the autumn of 2020, our 40th anniversary year.

Heaven full of stars

Vasari Singers 40th Anniversary Recording

Vasari Singers is a London-based chamber choir directed by renowned choral conductor, Jeremy Backhouse. We sing both in London and around the country to enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The choir was founded in 1980 and in our nearly 40 years of existence we have particularly focussed on commissioning new and exciting choral music and on making recordings, which have been extremely well-received. We love what we do and we are grateful to our audience for making it possible for us!

Vasari's 40th Anniversary 2020

So when we were looking for the best way to celebrate our 40th birthday next year we decided to combine two of passions - commissioning new music and recordings - and have planned a new recording of glorious choral music by living composers. Entitled Heaven full of stars, its centrepiece will be a new setting, commissioned by the choir, of Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea) from the acclaimed Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds.  The list of pieces also includes heavenly starry music by other well-known contemporary composers including our patron and friend Gabriel Jackson - see full track list below.

Please spend a few minutes watching our film above to find out more about the project from our conductor Jeremy Backhouse and to hear some of our singers talk about what has made Vasari Singers special over the last four decades.

The Recording 

If our appeal is successful we will be making the recording this autumn with organist Martin Ford and Grammy-nominated producer Adrian Peacock. It will be released on the Naxos label in late summer 2020.

Heaven full of stars - Track List

  • Jonathan Dove - Seek him that maketh the seven stars
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds - Stars
  • Patrick Gowers - Viri Galilaei
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds - O salutaris hostia
  • Cecilia McDowall - Aurea luce
  • Eric Whitacre - Lux aurumque
  • Roxanna Panufnik - Deus est caritas
  • Rihards Dubra - O crux ave
  • Gabriel Jackson - Creator of the stars of night
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds - Ave maris stella - Vasari Singers Commission, world premiere recording
  • Will Todd - Christ is the morning-star
  • Paul Mealor - Ave maris stella
  • Judith Weir - Like to the falling of a star
  • John Rutter - For the beauty of the earth
  • Philip Stopford - Ave Maria
  • Bob Chilcott - Salisbury Motets

Crowdfunder success

Three years ago you - the amazing crowd on Crowdfunder - helped us to raise the funds to make a recording of the Rachmaninov All-night Vigil which turned out to be a great success.  We were hugely grateful: in the 21st century media world there is no better, more rewarding and supportive way to raise funds to make such recordings.  And so we are back to ask you for more of your extremely generous support to help us to make this worthwhile and beautiful new recording.  We have come up with some fun and interesting rewards to encourage you to pledge.  Do watch our video and consider supporting us - we will be tremendously grateful.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

13 of 200 claimed

Ursa Minor

A huge thankyou from Vasari and a 'lucky dip' Vasari CD from our catalogue posted to you.

£30 or more

Ursa Major

A free copy or digital download of our new recording 'Heaven Full of Stars' on release date

£50 or more


Your name credited in the CD booklet (plus all the lower tier reward benefits)

£100 or more

12 of 200 claimed


An invitation to the Recording launch concert and party (plus all the lower tier reward benefits)

£250 or more


Your name credited on a special page in the launch concert programme and a chance to meet Jeremy Backhouse after the concert (plus all the lower tier benefits)

£500 or more


A year's Silver level membership of the Friends of Vasari Singers (see our website for details) plus all the lower tier reward benefits

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed


An invitation for two people to attend the Heaven full of stars recording session including an opportunity to meet Jeremy Backhouse and sit in the control room with Grammy-nominated producer Adrian Peacock for part of the session (plus all the lower tier reward benefits). NB Recording taking place 18-20 October 2019 in Tonbridge, Kent, UK

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