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Commotio was formed in August 1999 to promote neglected contemporary choral repertoire. Performances have included the second UK performance of Alfred Schnittke’s mighty Requiem and other rarely heard works such as Paul Hindemith’s Mass and Kenneth Leighton’s Mass for Double Choir, and the world premiere of Pierre Villette’s Inviolata.

Commotio also promotes and performs the works of a younger generation of composers including, most recently, Dobrinka Tabakova, Grace-Evangeline Mason, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Their commissions include works by John Duggan, Richard Allain, Edward Cowie, and Francis Pott. The ensemble’s debut album of South African choral music was released in February 2006, followed by an album for choir and cello in February 2008.

The choir have also recorded several critically acclaimed albums for Naxos, including Luminosity (James Whitbourn, 8.572103), In the Heart of Things (Francis Pott, 8.572739), The Rose in the Middle of Winter (Bob Chilcott, 8.573159) and All Good Things (Bob Chilcott, 8.573383).

In December 2016, Commotio performed at Parkinson’s UK Oxford’s Christmas concert and premiered a new carol by Bob Chilcott, The Angel did Fly. The choir gave the first UK performance of Rolande Falcinelli’s Messe de Saint-Dominique in June 2018.

Photo: Amalia Bastos

Role: Choir 
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