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Stanford Disc at No. 1
11 July 2017

Stephen Layton's most recent release Choral Works - Stanford has entered the Specialist Classical Chart at No.1.

Recorded with The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, the disc was released on the Hyperion Records label at the beginning of July.

To listen to excerpts from this disc and other Stephen Layton recordings click here

Choral Masterpieces of Arvo Pärt
11 July 2017

To launch the 2017 International A Capella Choral Competition, the combined forces of the Holst SIngers, members of The Gesualdo Six and Sansara (Winners of IACCC 2015) took to the stage of London's St John's Smith Square on Sunday 25th June.  

Under the baton of Stephen Layton, the singers performed Arvo Pärt's choral masterpiece Passio.

Arvo Pärt discusses the score with Owain Park (conductor of The Gesualdo Six) and Stephen Layton

To listen to excerpts from Stephen Layton's most recent recording of Arvo Pärt's work click here

To learn more about Stephen Layton's longterm collaboration with Arvo Pärt click here

Live Broadcast on BBC Radio 3
10 January 2017

Tune into BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th January to hear Stephen Layton conducting Bach's B Minor Mass live from Trinity College Chapel.

A stellar cast of soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlgihtenment join Trinity College Choir as they they launch Trinity College's celebrations of the 700th anniversary of King's Hall, which went on to become part of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Katherine Watson Soprano
Helen Charlston Mezzo-soprano
Iestyn Davies Countertenor
Gwilym Bowen Tenor
Neal Davies Bass
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Stephen Layton conductor.

If you miss the live broadcast, the performance will be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.

 

Daring and yet reverent
30 December 2016

“The Choir of Trinity College can do no wrong with Layton in command” writes Melanie Eskenazi (Music OMH) of their recent performance of Bach: Mass in B minor.  “No one could ask for more incisive attack, more control of volume of greater understanding in terms of the shaping of phrases - Et resurrexit should sound emphatic enough to raise the dead, just as Dona nobis pacem should be prayerful and redolent of hope, and both lived up to expectation in spectacular style.  A powerful performance of this great work, daring and yet reverent.”

On the other side of the world, Australia is still echoing with praise for the Choir’s tour with Musica Viva in July/August 2016.  “This ensemble turned Frank Martin’s Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir into a revelation” writes Clive O’Connell (The Age - Melbourne) in his review of the classical highlights of 2016.  “…where you expected awkwardness and effort…Stephen Layton delineated each line with impeccable clarity, their fluent interpretation somehow improving itself as each segment passed”.

 

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The Limelight Recording of the Year 2016
19 December 2016

Leading Australian classical music and arts magazine Limelight has announced Stephen Layton's Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works as its Recording of the Year 2016.

Recorded in Coventry Cathedral with Trinity College Choir, this is Layton's second recording of the music of Herbert Howells. 

Read the full Limelight announcement here


Praise for Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works

"Stephen Layton has invested Howells’ music with a grandeur, a space and a freedom" - Limelight Magazine, 2016

"This is a stunning recording in so many respects. Attention to dynamic detail, especially the hushed quality of the Magnificat, brings out the ethereal, not to say numinous character of this highly original miniature, imbued as it is with a whiff of French Impressionism" - Gramophone Magazine, 2016

“This selection has all of the polish and charisma to be expected from one of Britain's most accomplished choral conductors, Stephen Layton, and his excellent Cambridge Choir" - Classic FM Magazine, 2016

More about this disc

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Read Stephen Layton's exclusive Limelight interview

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