- Dates : 31 Oct 2012 8:00PM -
- Venue : Clonard
- Organiser : --- Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's
- Booking Information - Ticket Price : £17.50
Polyphony was formed by Stephen Layton in 1986 for a concert in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Since then the choir has performed and recorded regularly to great critical acclaim throughout the world.
Recent reviews declare Polyphony ‘one of the best small choirs now before the public’ (Telegraph) and ‘possibly the best small professional chorus in the world’ (Encore Magazine, USA).
In a new poll by Gramophone Magazine they were named as one of the world’s leading choirs ‘Stephen Layton's choir have become renowned for both their sound and versatility – whether in early music, or contemporary works such as those of Eric Whitacre, they embody the remarkable tradition of British choral excellence at its finest.’
This evening, Polyphony will be performing a number of works by Eric Whitacre, as well as pieces by the young Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, and Benjamin Britten. In 2008, Polyphony recorded and released a disc of all-Whitacre pieces, Cloudburst, which became an international best-seller, earning them one of their two Grammy nominations to date. Polyphony has also recorded works by Eriks Esenvalds.
Passion and Resurrection, recorded with soprano Carolyn Sampson and the strings of Britten Sinfonia, was released in early 2011 to great critical acclaim. International Record Review praised the disc highly by stating ‘If the music wasn't so utterly gorgeous, I would happily devote several hundred words to praising Stephen Layton for these totally absorbing performances. Along with Polyphony, he set the benchmark long ago..’ As well as appearing at the Belfast Festival, this season will see Polyphony performing at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as giving performances of Bach’s St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in both Paris and London.
Ticket Price : £17.50
- Organiser Telephone : 02890971197
- Event Open To : Students, Staff, General Public, Members, Alumni, Press, Delegates
- Age Recommendation : Suitable for children, Children to be accompanied by an adult