"Committed performances of fugitive luminosity"
Acclaimed for performances and recordings that combine imaginative programmes with performances of freshness and vitality, The Ebor Singers has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting vocal ensembles in the north of England.
The Ebor Singers, a vocal group that displays 'joyous, bustling musicianship' (The Times), give an exciting modern voice to repertoire ranging from the early Renaissance to contemporary commissioned works. They are dedicated to innovative programming, as well as a focusing on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and Baroque works.
The Ebor Singers are committed to the promotion of new music, developing relationships with established composers and providing opportunities for young composers. Both in performance and on recording, the ensemble has presented contemporary compositions that explore the boundaries between ancient and modern music. They have forged relationships with numerous composers, including established artists such as Philip Moore and Ambrose Field, emerging talents Ben Rowarth and Kerensa Briggs, and prominent figures such as Errollyn Wallen and Kerry Andrew. The choir also encourages young composers to write for voices - notably through the NCEM Young Composers Award.
The choir’s growing discography includes Mystery and Miracle ('The Ebor Singers impart a natural, unflamboyant grace' - The Independent) featuring premiere recordings of music from medieval York, and their two most recent recordings of choral music from the English Civil War, released by Resonus Classics. Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War and the Siege of York was applauded for placing the music in its historical context ('A thoughtfully compiled programme of little-known but interesting repertoire' - Early Music Review; 'a very imaginative production [...] a fascinating historical document as well as a wonderful listening experience' - Lark Reviews). A Cavalier Christmas was similarly acclaimed ('A fascinating disc, beautifully performed, and of very high quality' - Classic FM; 'The programme was brilliantly executed and beautifully sung' - Sunday Times; 'A surprise seasonal hit for me' - BBC Radio 3 Record Review).
Contemporary choral repertoire is also represented in their recordings,. Dusk Songs featured the choir's first commission from Kerry Andrew ('stunning' - Classic FM; 'Beautifully performed and recorded, 'Dusk Songs' is a captivating, enthralling journey which delves deeply into the rich and broad heritage of sacred choral music. A quiet delight' - Crossrhythms). New Horizons included Andrew's York Mass and Philip Moore's Pilgrimage ('The Ebor Singers impress throughout; their sound is decidedly fresh and immediate, and their precision admirable' - Gramophone).
As well as their concert series held in York Minster and churches in the city centre, the choir has performed in festivals in the UK and abroad, has appeared on radio and TV. 2017 saw appearances in York's Late and Early Music Festivals, performances on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show and BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship. The Ebor Singers are proud to be an associate choir of York Minster.