The Sixteen Return To QPAC With An Immortal Legacy
Harry Christophers and his world-renowned choir The Sixteen will present An Immortal Legacy in Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC) Concert Hall on Thursday 14 March 2019.
Celebrating 40 years in 2019, UK choir The Sixteen is acclaimed worldwide for performances delivered with precision, power and purity.
Standing among the world's greatest ensembles as peerless interpreters of Renaissance, Baroque and modern choral music, The Sixteen's tonal richness, expressive intensity and compelling collective artistry is drawn from the passion of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE.
An Immortal Legacy is one of The Sixteen's most popular programs and spans over 500 years of British choral music. Composers from the 16th century, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd wrote at times of religious turmoil and national upheaval, producing magnificent works of beauty and musical mastery. Their legacy can be traced to some of Britain's most celebrated 20th and 21st century composers, including Benjamin Britten, Sir Michael Tippett and James MacMillan, whose works complete this enlightening program.
The Sixteen's more than 100 recordings reflect the choir's quality in a range of work spanning the music of 500 years. The choir has won many awards, including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the Ensemble category at the prestigious 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.
In April 2018, audiences around the world watched The Sixteen perform James MacMillan's Stabat mater from the Sistine Chapel, in what was the first ever concert live-streamed from the Vatican. The concert was a rare honour, as few performances are given in the Sistine Chapel and even fewer are given by ensembles not based in the Vatican.
The Sixteen, who are the Voices of UK's Classic FM, became the first professional British choir to sing at the Vatican in over 20 years, with the concert commissioned by the Genesis Foundation* with which the choir has a close and continuing relationship.
The name, The Sixteen, reflects the ensemble's origin. The choir was formed in 1979 with 16 graduates from the Magdalen College in Oxford singing the music of 16th century composers. The Sixteen's focus quickly broadened to music from the 16th century onward and today the choir is made up of 18 vocalists.
In their much-anticipated return to QPAC following their acclaimed performance in 2015, don't miss The Sixteen in one concert only, An Immortal Legacy, on 14 March 2019. To book go to www.qpac.com.au or phone 136-246.