Founded in 1989, The Cardinall's Musick is a highly successful and innovative ensemble, known for its deeply committed and expressive performances. Taking its name from the 16th century English cardinal, Thomas Wolsey, the group's reputation grew from its extensive study of music from the English Renaissance. Under the direction of Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick now embraces a wide range of styles and periods: from complete reconstructions of historical events to the world premieres of commissions from composers such as Michael Finnissy, Simon Whalley, Matthew Martin and Judith Weir.
One of the unique qualities of the group lies in the ability of its singers to perform as soloists within a vocal team, using their individual voices expressively and with character, "preserving their vocal personalities rather than striving for a mellifluous blend.resulting in a vibrant texture of timbres" (The Telegraph). Coupled with this is a sincere love of the music which serves to create emotionally immediate and moving performances: "the voices of Andrew Carwood and his eight cohorts could probably start a blaze in the Antarctic!" (The Times). It is this honest and dynamic sound for which The Cardinall's Musick have become renowned, along with thoughtful, themed programmes designed to stimulate and enlighten, to broaden horizons and to bring a fresh approach to standard repertoire. The Cardinall's Musick will be performing their War and Peace programme, including works by William Byrd, Benjamin Britten and James Macmillan.
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