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Three To See 2011: EIF vocal groups

By | Published on Friday 10 June 2011

The Sixteen

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three vocal groups appearing in the EIF’s 2011 music programme.

The Sixteen (pictured)
I’ve always thought that if you’re a bit of a stranger to the world of classical music that the more vocal side of things is probably the best place to start, should you be feeling curious. Which is why I thought I’d focus in on some of the vocal groups appearing in this year’s EIF classical programme. And this lot are my first choice, partly, I’ll admit, because I have seen them on the telly and they are really good. The group will mostly be performing works from that Handel chap, including the extremely rousing ‘Dixit Dominus’.
Usher Hall, 15 Aug, 8.00pm (9.45pm), tickets from £12, eifpp31. Tickets from eif.co.uk.

Chanticleer is a Grammy award winning vocal group from San Francisco, and, according to the EIF programme, is the first ensemble of its kind to enter the American Classical Music Hall Of Fame. The twelve-strong all-male troupe has changed its line up over the years, but the current ensemble makes its festival debut this year, performing a range of pieces including works from the Spanish Renaissance, ‘Drei Männerchöre’ by Richard Strauss and ‘Spring Dreams’ by Chen Yi.
The Queen’s Hall, 31 Aug, 11.00am (12.45pm), tickets from £8, eifpp52. Tickets from eif.co.uk.

Christoph Prégardien, Julian  Prégardien, Michael Gees
Okay, it’s perhaps stretching it a little to call this a vocal group, not least because Michael Gees is a pianist, but it’s certainly a family group, as German tenors Christoph Prégardien and Julian Prégardien are father and son. Christoph, an award winning singer well known for his performances in Mozart operas, has often collaborated with Gees, so one can expect things to go smoothly when they perform a selection of works by Schumann, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert.
The Queen’s Hall, 25 Aug, 11.00am (12.45pm), tickets from £8, eifpp49. Tickets from eif.co.uk.

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