Sospiri was founded in 2006 by Christopher Watson and John Duggan after they met singing in Magdala, the inspirational ensemble run by David Skinner at Magdalen College, Oxford. The choir sings regularly in service and in concert both in Britain and abroad and has made five recordings, including two for The Gift of Music label. Under the tutelage of the directors, Sospiri specialises in performing plainsong and has built up a large and diverse repertoire from Byrd to Britten together with newly commissioned works. Recent commissions include a substantial collection of new pieces for the centenary commemorations of World War I by some of the leading names in contemporary choral music. Uniquely, Sospiri is run by a composer and a professional singer, whose shared experiences provide a dynamic and diverse atmosphere in which to make music.