Alamire boasts some of the finest consort singers in the world under the directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating imaginative programmes to illustrate musical or historical themes. The ensemble was formed in 2005 by three friends and early music experts: David Skinner, Rob Macdonald and Steven Harrold.
Performing throughout Europe and the USA, the consort records exclusively for Obsidian Records for whom they have won a number of awards. In March 2011 they received critical acclaim (Gramophone Record of the Month) for their ground-breaking CD of the complete motets of the Cantiones Sacrae (1575) of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. This is the first in the exciting project entitled Library of English Church Music - a series of 30 recordings which will explore the highlights of the repertoire. Alamire’s latest release for Christmas 2012 was Deo Gracias Anglia, a recording of the complete Trinity Carol Roll, which was also featured on the Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3). Their latest recording ‘The Spy’s Choirbook’ met with universal critical acclaim, being not only Gramophone Editor’s Choice but ‘CD of the Year’ in The Telegraph.
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