Reformation and Revolution
16 February 2018

This Spring sees further peformances across Europe of Stephen Layton's Reformation and Revolution programme.  Great English polyphonic works by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd are set alongside contemporary works from the Baltic States.  A common turbulent political backdrop is highlighted as renaissance polyphony and contemporary liturgical settings are seemlessly woven together in this innovative programme.  

Kyrie from Missa Rigensis                        Praulinš, Ugis (b.1957) 
Ave verum corpus                               Byrd, William (1543-1623)
Gloria from Missa Rigensis                      Praulinš, Ugis (b.1957)
Salvator mundi                                  Tallis, Thomas (1505-1585)
Angelis suis deus                              Miškinis, Vytautas (b.1954)
Credo from Missa Rigensis                     Praulinš, Ugis (b.1957)
Magnificat                                           Ešenvalds, Eriks (b.1977)
Sanctus from Missa Rigensis                 Praulinš, Ugis (b.1957)
O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth   Byrd, William (1543-1623)
Agnus Dei from Missa Rigensis             Praulinš, Ugis (b.1957)
If ye love me                                      Byrd, William (1543-1623)
Nunc Dimittis                                 Lukaszewski, Pawel (b.1968)

Interspersed through the sequence are movements from Missa Rigensis, a mass written in 2002 by the Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and recorded by Stephen Layton with The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge in 2008.  Layton is a great champion of music from the Baltic States and has premiered and recorded many works by Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Eriks Esenvalds, Vytautas Miškinis and Paweł Łukaszewski.

Performances of Reformation and Revolution in Hamburg and Leipzig in 2017 met with great critical acclaim.  Spring 2018 sees Stephen Layton take the programme further across Europe with performances in Germany in April (ChorWerk Ruhr), Slovenia in May (Slovenian Philharmonic Choir) and Poland in June (NFM Choir).  

For more information about these concerts, please visit the Diary section of this website

For images and further information on Stephen Layton's collaborations with Baltic composers, please visit the Projects and Recordings sections of this website

Good Friday 2018
11 February 2018

This holy week, Stephen Layton and Polyphony join forces with the Britten Sinfonia for their annual perfomance of Bach's St John Passion.  

Previous collaborations between the two groups include numerous highly acclaimed recordings and concerts:

Bruckner - Mass & Motets
Ešenvalds - Passion & Resurrection
Handel - Messiah
Lauridsen - Nocturnes; Lux Aeterna
Macmillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross
Poulenc - Gloria & Motets

Explore these recordings, read reviews and listen to excerpts here

Set in the shadow of Westminster at the iconic St John's Smith Square, this is a collaboration not to be missed.  Tickets available now from St. John's Smith Square.


Bach: Mass in B minor available for pre-order
11 February 2018

Mini-Teaser from Hyperion Records

Stephen Layton's new recording of Bach's B minor Mass is now available for pre-order on iTunes and from Hyperion's website until its official release date of Friday 2nd March 2018.

Following great praise for his accounts of Bach's St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Stephen Layton now turns to the B minor Mass.  Recorded in Trinity College Chapel, the much-anticipated double disc album features the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and a stellar line up of soloists.  

Katherine Watson (Soprano)
Helen Charlston (Mezzo-Soprano)
Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
Gwilym Bowen (Tenor)
Neal Davies (Bass)

Pre-order your copy now to avoid disappointment.  

Recording details: January 2017
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: 2 March 2018
Total duration: 107 minutes 30 seconds

British Choral Music Documentary
2 February 2018

A documentary about Stephen Layton and British Choral Music including rehearsal footage with Polyphony and an exclusive interview.  

Stephen Layton premieres Oxana Omelchuk
2 February 2018

A video of the world premiere of Oxana Omelchuk's Gaunerlieder performed by SWR Vokalensemble at Stuttgart's Eclat New Music Festival 2016.