Diva Opera

Now in its 23rd year, Diva Opera has earned an unrivalled reputation within the operatic world and beyond. Giving around 40 performances annually, they are now ambassadors for chamber opera internationally. Their acclaimed productions tour throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and have been seen as far afield as Slovenia, Russia, Japan and South Africa. All works are presented in spectacular period costume and sung in their original language. For 2019 Diva Opera’s two new productions are Madama Butterfly (Puccini) and L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini), along with an increasingly popular Christmas Show in December.

Highlights for the company include a performance of La Cenerentola at La Fenice Opera House in Venice in 2004, A series of performances with the internationally renowned tenor José Carreras, The party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall, with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as special guests and a charity gala at the Prime Minister’s residence Chequers.

Calmus Ensemble

A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again. These five Leipzig musicians have won a whole string of international prizes and competitions, including the ECHO Klassik and Supersonic Award, and the reach of their activities is constantly expanding, taking them throughout Europe as well as to North and South America. In 2010 the quintet made its debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The musicians are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys’ choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. The music of our own time is also a real passion. In all their ventures, there are frequently interesting partnerships with musicians such as the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Hamburger Ratsmusik and the Frankfurt Radio Bigband. As this often means totally new repertoire in the area of contemporary music, over the years Calmus has commissioned numerous new works from composers including Bernd Franke, Steffen Schleiermacher, Wolfram Buchenberg, Mathew Rosenblum, Bill Dobbins, Michael Denhoff and Harald Banter, and the group has given many world premieres. It goes without saying that they revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.

Part of their work is devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home in Leipzig and on their travels. It’s no wonder that Calmus, with its unique line-up of soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone and bass, is gaining more and more fans worldwide.

Spark – the classical band

Spark re-thinks the classics.

The quintet places Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and their peers in a fresh new context, forging links with the sounds and lifestyle of the present day. Classical at heart, outwardly wilful, inquisitive and nonconformist, the five musicians pitch their tent on the open ground between classical works, minimal music, electro and avant-garde. With enthusiasm and abandon, styles are mixed and a galaxy of sonic options is explored – given that their well-stocked arsenal of instruments offers over 40 different recorders, violin, viola, violoncello, melodica and piano. No one piece is like the next, and yet they all bear the original, unmistakable fingerprints of this exciting ensemble.

Spark ECHO KLASSIK Auszeichnung 2011

An ECHO Klassik Award winner in 2011, the ten-year-old grouping has played its way into the vanguard of the young creative classical scene. The quintet is now well established at the world’s biggest venues and festivals – whether in chamber performances or in a solo role with orchestra. The group is cherished by its fans above all for its thrilling, highly energetic live performances, which see the five talented musicians getting physical on stage with ebullient vitality and the pulsating power of a rock band. Together they present music that ignites passion. Together they spark.

Sinfonia Varsovia

The Early Years
In April of 1984, Waldemar Dąbrowski, director of the St. I. Witkiewicz Studio Centre for the Arts in Warsaw and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the then extant Polish Chamber Orchestra invited the legendary violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin to perform in Poland as soloist and conductor. To match the exigencies of
the planned repertoire, the orchestra increased the number of its members, inviting renowned musicians
from all over Poland to perform together. The ensemble’s initial concerts under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin were enthusiastically applauded by audiences and praised by critics, while Lord Menuhin himself did not hesitate to accept Waldemar Dąbrowski’s and Franciszek Wybrańczyk’s proposal to become the first guest conductor of the newly established symphony orchestra named Sinfonia Varsovia.

Concert Tours (International Career)
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra was soon invited to play concerts in the United States and Canada, with more invitations to follow – from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Finland, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland and Greece, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Sinfonia Varsovia has performed in the world’s most celebrated concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Barbican Centre in London, Vienna’s Musikverein, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Herkulessaal in Munich.

Festivals
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra played at renowned festivals in Salzburg, Gstaad (the Yehudi Menuhin Festival), Aix-en-Provence, Montreux, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein, the Pablo Casals Festival, Würzburg, Alte Oper (Frankfurt am Mein), Beethovenfest Festival in Bonn, La Roque d’Antheron, Festival de Musique de Menton, Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage – the Mediterranean Sea Music Festival and many others.
The celebrated La Folle Journée music festival organised by the French C.R.E.A. association and its director René Martin holds a special slot in the orchestra’s performing calendar each season. The festival is held in France, Spain and Japan.
Sinfonia Varsovia regularly takes part in major musical events in Poland and is a regular guest at the Chopin and His Europe festival, the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Warsaw Autumn festival and the Chain festival, devoted to Witold Lutosławski.

La Folle Journée de Varsovie
In 2010 the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra organised the La Folle Journée – Chopin Open Festival in Warsaw for the first time. Subsequent editions: Les Titans (2011), Russia (2012) and Music of France and Spain (2013) and America (2014) have met with great enthusiasm of Polish audiences. The ingenious works of the greatest American composers attracted a record number of 36 846 listeners. 1000 performers played 60 concerts in the course of three days. The La Folle Journée Festival is organised in Poland by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, C.R.E.A. and by the Ogrody Muzyczne Foundation, jointly with the Grand Theatre – National Opera which
will host the sixth Warsaw edition of the festival on 25-27 September 2015.

Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City
Of special note is the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City Festival. This unique project was initiated in 2001 by Franciszek Wybrańczyk, the founder and long-time Director of the orchestra. The festival is accessible to the public at large and it has become a landmark on the cultural landscape of Warsaw, becoming a favourite among music-lovers of the capital of Poland. The festival aims to showcase the greatest works of music literature as performed by the Sinfonia Varsovia with famous soloists and conductors. Each year in early autumn the orchestra performs free concerts in various parts of the capital which are not normally associated with mainstream cultural events. The concerts are directed by outstanding Polish conductors, including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jan Krenz, Krzysztof Penderecki, but also by a younger generation of artists, like Łukasz Borowicz, Michał Dworzyński, Monika Wolińska and Jakub Chrenowicz. The festival is organised by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and by the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation.

Repertoire
The orchestra’s repertoire is exceptionally extensive, ranging from 18th century works to contemporary compositions. The orchestra has played Polish and world premieres of works by, among others, John Adams, Krzesimir Dębski, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Witold Lutosławski, Paweł Mykietyn, Onute Narbutaite, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marta Ptaszyńska, Marcin Stańczyk and Paweł Szymański.

Conductors and soloists
Sinfonia Varsovia has performed with many distinguished conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Emmanuel Krivine, Witold Lutosławski, Lorin Maazel, Paul McCreesh, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Yehudi Menuhin, Marc Minkowski, Andres Mustonen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Jerzy Semkow.

During its numerous concerts, the orchestra has accompanied such renowned soloists as Piotr Anderszewski, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Teresa Berganza, Rafał Blechacz, Frank Braley, Alfred Brendel, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Piotr Paleczny, José Carreras, José Cura, Placido Domingo, Augustin Dumay, Nelson Freire, James Galway, Stephen Hough, Sharon Kam, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, Gidon Kremer, Aleksandra Kurzak, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Radu Lupu, Albrecht Mayer, Mischa Maisky, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Olga Pasiecznik, Murray Perahia, Maria João Pires, Ivo Pogorelić, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Heinrich Schiff, Howard Shelley, Henryk Szeryng, Fou Ts’ong, Maxim Vengerov, Andreas Vollenweider, Christian Zacharias, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Tabea Zimmermann and Grigori Zhyslin.

Recordings
Sinfonia Varsovia has made numerous recordings on compact disc and for radio and television. The orchestra boasts a discography of more than 270 albums, recorded for famous international labels: Decca, Denon Nippon Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Naïve, Naxos, Sony, Virgin Classics and for Polish labels, including BeArTon, CD Accord, DUX, Polskie Nagrania and Polskie Radio. Many of these recordings received prestigious music awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Diapason Découverte, Grand Prix du Disque and, on more than one occasion, the Polish Fryderyk award. The orchestra’s most celebrated recordings include Polish Symphonic Music of the 19th Century (CD Accord/ Polskie Radio), Martha Argerich – Live in the GrandTheatre – Polish National Opera (CD Accord), Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No.3 (Naïve), Mozart’s Piano Concertos with Piotr Anderszewski as soloist (Virgin), a CD of works by Karol Szymanowski conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk (BeArTon) and The Romantic Clarinet with the famous clarinettist Sharon Kam (Edel Classics). Two albums with works by Bach and Haendel recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and featuring the virtuoso German oboist Albrecht Mayer were an artistic and commercial success, staying at the top of the charts for a long time. Featuring violin concertos by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Emil Młynarski, Nigel Kennedy’s and the Polish Chamber Orchestra’s Polish Spirit CD (EMI) was very well received around the world and contributed significantly to the promotion of Polish music. The orchestra’s discography also features many recordings made with lord Yehudi Menuhin as conductor, including the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Schubert, recorded in 1996 for IMG Records to celebrate the artist’s 80th birthday anniversary.
In June 2008, three albums recorded by Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra received the prestigious German Echo Klassik 2008 music award. These were: Haendel and Telemann with Gábor Boldoczki (Sony/BMG Sony Classical), New Seasons with Albrecht Mayer (Universal/ Deutsche Grammophon) and Polish Spirit with Nigel Kennedy (EMI Classics). The Polish Spirit album was awarded the Polish Fryderyk 2008 award in the Album of the Year – Symphonic and Concert Music category, while the album with the music of Mieczysław Karłowicz with Jerzy Maksymiuk as conductor and Agata Szymczewska as violinist received a Fryderyk award in 2009. In 2010, a record of Chopin’s Piano Concertos with Jan Lisiecki and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Howard Shelley received the prestigious Diapason Découverte award. Sinfonia Varsovia’s latest CDs feature concertos by Witold Lutosławski performed by cellist Robert Cohen and pianist Ewa Pobłocka under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk (BeArTon 2013) and albums with the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Boris Berezovsky and cellist Henri Demarquette (Mirare, 2013) and Chopin’s Concertos performed by Nikolai Lugansky (Naïve / Ambroisie, 2014); both recordings conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.

The Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation
The Orchestra’s artistic endeavours are supported by the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation. Established in the year 2000 by Franciszek Wybrańczyk, it is one of the organisers of the annual Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City Festival, which promotes in particular Polish composers and young talents. The Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation sponsors the Franciszek Wybrańczyk Artistic Scholarship for young, talented musicians. The activities of the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation are supported by the Polservice Patent and Trademark Attorneys’ Office.

Directors
Krzysztof Penderecki became the orchestra’s musical director in 1997 and its artistic director in July 2003, a position he still holds, often also working together with the ensemble as its conductor. The musicians perform together in Poland and abroad, playing many works by the composer, including the Sinfonietta per Archi, Sinfonietta No.2, the Flute Concerto, the Viola Concerto (also its versions for cello and clarinet), Stabat Mater, De Profundis, as well as Credo and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem. In January 2011 the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra played the first performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s A sea of dreams did breathe on me…, written for the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute for the conclusion of the Chopin Year celebrations. In November 2013 Sinfonia Varsovia played concerts that were part of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival held on the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday. Krzysztof Penderecki recorded a number of albums with the orchestra, including several with his own works.

In 2008-2012 the post of the orchestra’s musical director was held by the world-famous French conductor Marc Minkowski.

In 2004, Franciszek Wybrańczyk handed over the duties of the director of Sinfonia Varsovia to Janusz Marynowski – his assistant and long-time musician in the orchestra.

Council Cultural Institution
Until 31 December 2007, the orchestra operated from the St. I. Witkiewicz Studio Art Centre in Warsaw.
On 1 January 2008, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra became a council cultural institution. The Orchestra’s coordinator is the Capital City Of Warsaw.
The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra was honoured with the title of Zasłużony dla Warszawy [Distinguished in Service for the City of Warsaw], the Annual Honorary Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for achievements in creative output and dissemination of culture and with a diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for outstanding achievements in the promotion of Poland around the world.

New Headquarters
In 2010 the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra has received a new home – the former Institute of Veterinary Science at 272 Grochowska Street in Warsaw’s Praga District. By a decision of the Council of Warsaw and Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, an open, two-stage international competition was held in June 2010 for the design of a new concert hall seating 1 800 and architectural development of the property located at Grochowska Street. The Grand Prix was awarded to Atelier Thomas Pucher of Graz (Austria). The design is unusual not only in the very characteristic frame surrounding the whole property, but also in the exceptional design of the concert hall itself, combining shoebox concert hall acoustics with a vineyard seating arrangement. According to the designers, the combination will provide an unsurpassed, unique listening experience. The authorities of the Capital City of Warsaw have decided to implement this project in Warsaw’s Praga district. In 2015, in the presence of the President of the capital city of Warsaw, Ms. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, architect Thomas Pucher and Janusz Marynowski, director of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra signed a contract for the delivery of design documentation for a new concert hall for Sinfonia Varsovia and for the development of the property at 272 Grochowska Street. The new Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra Music Centre will be more than just an attractive place to present classical music and other arts. It will also be a place to spend leisure time. It will be an important space for the residents of the Praga District, for all of Warsaw and for foreign tourists visiting Poland. An extensive artistic and educational programme will be prepared with an audience of all ages and various degrees of involvement in the arts in mind. The first concert in the new facility is to take place in October 2021.

Educational Activities
Educational projects organised in the Orchestra’s headquarters are an important aspect of Sinfonia Varsovia’s activities. In 2012 the Orchestra initiated its elite Akademia Sinfonia Varsovia programme – a cycle of workshops for students and young music academy graduates intended to prepare them to play in the best symphony orchestras. The workshops are led by Sinfonia Varsovia’s concert masters and principal soloists. The project has been implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Educational programmes for the youngest listeners include projects organised jointly with the Music is for Everyone Foundation: Smykofonia [Toddler Philharmonic], a programme of music for children up to five years of age and the Labyrinth Event, addressed to students and teachers in elementary schools. Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street merit special attention. This is a cycle of chamber music concerts performed by young, talented artists recommended by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The concerts are preceded by introductory lectures by musicologists and music critics. Admission to Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street is free.

The Anniversary
In 2014 the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its activity.

Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra

The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra has achieved worldwide acclaim for their sophisticated performances and dynamic programming. The orchestra was the inspiration of Nazib Zhiganov, former Chairman of the Composers Union of Tatarstan and Dean of the Kazan Conservatory. In 1966, he received authorization and funding from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Council of Ministers to create a symphony orchestra in Tatarstan. The TNSO gave its first concert, featuring works by Bach, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, under its first Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Natan Rakhlin on 10th of April, 1967.

Under its current Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Alexander Sladkovsky, the TNSO has further developed its cultural and social influence through new festivals, artistic collaborations and educational and community outreach.

The orchestra regularly performs in Russian’s major cities and around the world through its extensive touring schedule. Its festivals and special events, including the Rakhlin Seasons, White Lilac, Kazan Autumn, festival of contemporary music “Concordia”, Miras and Denis Matsuev & Friends series, are amongst the most interesting cultural events in Tatarstan and Russia. It is also frequently featured at the Crescendo, Stars on Baikal, The Cherry Orchard and the Hibla Germava Invites festivals.

The TNSO enjoys a long, successful history of collaborations with renowned operatic and instrumental luminaries including Krzysztof Penderecki, Galina Vishnevskaya, Irina Arkhipova, Olga Borodina, Hibla Gerzmava, Albina Shagimuratova, Simone Kermes, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Nikolaj Znaider, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergei Krylov, Gidon Kremer, Pavel Milyukov, Lucas Debargue, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Boris Berezovsky, Krzysztof Penderecki, Barry Douglas and Igor Butman among others.

The orchestra’s commitment to social and charitable causes has twice earned the Philanthropist of the Year award from the President of the Republic of Tatarstan. Through The Republic’s Heritage project, the TNSO supports both talented music conservatory students and local schools through a series of educational programmes and outreach. The orchestra’s Musical Healing programme is dedicated to helping severely ill and disabled children through a multi-faceted series of cultural events.

The TNSO is an exclusive Sony Music Entertainment Russia recording artist and has released several albums on the Sony Classical and RCA Red Seal labels. Their concerts have also been broadcast on Medici.tv and Mezzo.

 

VOCES8

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.

VOCES8 has performed at many notable venues including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Cité de la Musique, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City and many others. As the group celebrates its 15th season they will perform in fourteen countries in the UK and across Europe, in Russia, in the USA and Japan, as well as make its debut visit to New Zealand. Keen musical collaborators, this season will see concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and with baroque violinist Rachel Podger, with whom the critically acclaimed ‘Guardian Angel’ project will continue.

With an on-going programme of recordings, videos and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on albums, international television and radio, as well as maintaining a vibrant web performance presence. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have all reached the top of the classical charts. Their latest release is ‘Enchanted Isle’, released in January 2019. This season sees planned releases with Decca Classics as well as a series of 4 EP releases joining together into an album called ‘After Silence’ on the group’s own label.

VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the music charity the VOCES8 Foundation. Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people a year, the group runs an annual programme of workshops and masterclasses at the Foundation’s home in London, the VOCES8 Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church. Dedicated to supporting promising young singers, the group awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars initiative. These scholarships are linked to the annual Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages are invited to work and perform with VOCES8. Through the separate VOCES8 USA Foundation there is another set of 8 talented Scholars. The ensemble is proud to be the Associate Ensemble for Cambridge University and delivers a Masters programme in choral studies.

VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Jonathan Dove, Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford, Graham Lack, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Owain Park. 2019 will see Roxanna Panufnik as the group’s Composer-in-Residence, and Jim Clements as Arranger-in-Residence. As ambassadors for Edition Peters the ensemble publishes educational material including the ‘VOCES8 Method’. Developed by Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8, this renowned and unique teaching tool is available in four languages and adopts music to enhance development in numeracy, literacy and linguistics. Also available are two anthologies of its arrangements, and an ever-expanding ‘VOCES8 Singles’ range.

For more information about the music education programmes offered by VOCES8 and the VOCES8 Foundation please visit www.voces8.foundation.

APOLLO5

The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 delights audiences with versatile and engaging performances on the concert platform, singing repertoire ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop.

Frequently performing in their home city of London they have sung in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place (London A Cappella Festival), the Barbican, the Houses of Parliament and Wembley Arena. They regularly give concerts at their home in the heart of the City of London, the Gresham Centre.

As well as concerts across the UK Apollo5 has enjoyed giving performances internationally. Last season the five outstanding vocalists undertook a month-long debut tour of the USA and in 2016 they made their south Asian debut, taking part in the Taipei International Choral Festival. Over the last two years they have given performances in Italy, Germany, Holland and France. This season includes international performances in France (Via Aeterna Music Festival), Poland (for La Folle Journée) and a collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Apollo5 is part of the VCM Foundation, and leads its innovative education programme aiming to inspire creativity through music. Working alongside vocal ensemble VOCES8 and Paul Smith the programme reaches 40,000 young people annually in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, the USA and Asia. The Foundation has its home at the Gresham Centre, at St Anne and St Agnes Church. In partnership with the Diocese of London, VCM has established a hub for excellence in education, outreach and the performance of vocal music. Last season saw the first Gresham Centre Festival in which the group performed with VOCES8 and the VOCES8 Scholars.

Apollo5 leads regular workshops, masterclasses, and a children’s concert series at the Gresham Centre, as well as longer term projects and residency programmes. The group oversees an extensive outreach project called the Open Mind Programme in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. Now in its third year, the Open Mind Programme has received support from Arts Council England, The Merchant Taylors’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. The education programme is also supported by Holman Fenwick Willan and the Ernest Cook Trust.

Apollo5 has released albums with VCM Records, including “The Spirit Like a Dove”, music by Josquin des Prez performed with the Ingenium Ensemble which was Number 4 in the UK Classical Chart, and “With a Song in my Heart”, an album of folk, jazz and pop. Also released is “Journey” on the Edition Peters Sounds label featuring the group with former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix. A new album of music which explores the human journey through birth, love, struggle, the end of life and reflection will be released during the 2019 season. The disc is entitled “O Radiant Dawn”.

Apollo5 will start to publish its musical arrangements with Edition Peters this year.

For more information about the music education programmes offered by Apollo5 and VCM Foundation please visit www.vcm.foundation or email info@vcm.foundation.

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