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Conceived in 2000 by the choir's funder and conductor, Harry Christopers, 'The Choral Pilgrimage' brings the neglected treasures of our municipal heritage back to our finest cathedrals.
After thirty years of world-wide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period instrument orchestra, The Sixteen's total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Its special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth century music is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder, Harry Christophers.
The Orchestra of The Sixteen has taken part in highly acclaimed semi-staged performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully-staged production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon’s Belem Centre, followed by new productions of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera. Over one hundred recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of five hundred years, winning many awards including Grand Prix du Disque, numerous Schallplattenkritik, the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for Renaissance and most recently being nominated for a Grammy Award and two Classical Brits for IKON.
Over the last seven years, The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which now boasts sixty releases. New recordings in 2008 include Treasures of Tudor England to accompany the Choral Pilgrimage, Fauré’s Requiem with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Handel’s Messiah and Coronation Anthems.