The Carice Singers
April 3, 2017
To celebrate their new Naxos CD of choral music by Bax and Delius, the Carice Singers will hit the road for concerts featuring works not only by Bax and Delius, but also by Ireland, Moeran and Warlock.
Photo: Rosie Parker
On May 28, they will perform in the the intimate Cotswold setting of St Michael’s Church, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour. On May 29, they will make their debut at the English Music Festival in Oxfordshire where they will perform All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay.
DELIUS On Craig Ddu
BAX This Worldes Joie / Mater Ora Filium
The Carice Singers, Parris
The highlight of the new CD is certainly Bax’s difficult, powerful Mater ora filium, written for double chorus to medieval words. It is so challenging that it has been recorded only a handful of times. The overall impact of the CD, however, lies in becoming immersed and absorbed in the paths taken by Bax and Delius. Their command of 20th-century resources, especially of sensuous color and impulse, was as elegantly English as the eccentricity of their tastes.
The Carice Singers were greatly honoured to be invited to the English Music Festival, which has been a vital force in English choral music since 2006. The Festival’s focal point is the the long-delayed and still misunderstood Renaissance of English music that took place in England during the first decades of the 20th century, just about the time that Masterpiece Theatre took place. As the Carice Singers’ new CD demonstrates, it was a renaissance of intimate, often windswept beauty.
The Carice Singers Background & Discography