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Composer: Swayne, Giles

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AmsterdamChoir of St John's College, Cambridge: Christmas Concert

© Nick Rutter
Chilcott, Mathias, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Swayne, Traditional, Bach, Poulenc, Gruber, Willcocks
Andrew Nethsingha; Cambridge Choir of St John's College; Glen Dempsey; Laura van der Heijden
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British Quartets: The Castalian Quartet at the Cheltenham Music Festival

Castalian Quartet
This Cheltenham Festival concert featured three British string quartets by Hugh Wood, Michael Nyman and Giles Swayne. Swayne and Wood were both present at the concert and gave an introductory talk providing context for their works. Swayne said in the talk that ‘music should be unpredictable to keep the listener interested’.
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Première after Première: BBC Singers at the Cheltenham Festival

BBC Singers  ©  John Wood
In most concert listings, premières seem to be thrown in as a one-off to offset a relatively risk-free billing. In this Cheltenham Music Festival concert, this was not the case. With no less than five premières in an evening of seven choral works, those present could be assured that they were hearing something new.
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Orlando Consort - "The Call of the Phoenix"

The Orlando Consort
Generally when we think of the first great flowering of English church music, our minds go to the giants of the Tudor age – Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons and their contemporaries. But as we learned this evening in the company of the Orlando Consort, the rich tradition of English choral music has even earlier origins, back in the priories of the Middle Ages.
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