THE KING'S SINGERS AND ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE: LULLABY OF BIRDLAND
A Tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir George Shearing
For two concerts in June last year, The King's Singers joined forces with Acoustic Triangle - Malcolm Creese (double bass), Tim Garland (saxophones) and Gwilym Simcock (piano) - to pay tribute to two legendary musicians, Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing, in concerts at Cadogan Hall in London and St. John the Evangelist in Oxford.
The performances were hosted by radio presenter, conductor (and former King's Singer), Brian Kay. At the London performance, Brian also lead a pre-concert talk to explore the lives and music of these outstanding artists. Joining the discussion were members of The King's Singers past and present, Lady Ellie Shearing, Malcolm Creese, and other friends and musicians who worked with George Shearing and Richard Rodney Bennett.
The London concert also featured the Choir of Royal Holloway, performing two pieces by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, including the second performance of 'A Colloquy With God' - a Swaledale Festival commission which he composed for the Choir and Acoustic Triangle shortly before his death in 2012.
Both concerts were very successful and well received by audience and reviewers. Many thanks to all who attended.
Read the review of the Cadogan Hall concert in London Jazz News
Photograph by Eric Whitacre
Blog from Christopher Gabbitas (baritone with the Kings Singers)
Is it the end, or the beginning? That's what we're keen to find out after the second of our two tribute concerts with the wonderful Acoustic Triangle, last night in Oxford. It was so much fun to work with them that we certainly don't want it to be the last time we get together, so we now have grand dreams of recordings, tours, and collaboration...
Kings Singers Blog site
A NEW PIECE BY SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT FOR ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE
In May 2012, Acoustic Triangle performed at the Swaledale Festival in North Yorkshire - alongside the superb Royal Holloway Choir, conducted by Rupert Gough.
This special concert featured the world premiere performance of a brand new work by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. The piece, which was specially commissioned for this concert by the Swaledale Festival, is entitled A Colloquy With God.
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was present at the concert, which also featured Gregorio Allegri's iconic Miserere Mei, Purcell's Hear My Prayer, Tim Garland's Canticles of the Elements and Rosa Ballerina, Gwilym Simcock's Plain Song, and pieces by Gabriel Jackson, John Rutter and Eric Whitacre.
RECENT ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE CONCERT WITH THE ROYAL HOLLOWAY CHOIR
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th 2012, 7.30 pm - COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
Following performances at Windsor Castle, Manchester Cathedral, St Georges Bristol and Swaledale Festival, Tim Garland's Canticles of the Elements was performed on November 17th in a special performance in Coventry Cathedral. The project is called Redcrosse and is a celebration of England and St George. The Royal Shakespeare Company presented this performance for the Cathedral's Jubilee with a cast of RSC actors. It featured poetry by Andrew Motion, Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons Roberts, Ewan Fernie and Andrew Shanks, and Tim Garland's specially composed music for Acoustic Triangle and the Royal Holloway Choir. The project was inspired by Edmund Spenser's reworking of the myth of St George in his epic, The Faerie Queene. It took the audience of well over three hundred on an extraordinary journey into the traditions and values of this country's culture while at the same time bringing St George into a changing contemporary England. As an iconic home for contemporary art, reconciliation and civic and religious renovation, Coventry Cathedral was the perfect venue for this innovative project.
ABOUT ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE
MALCOLM CREESE - double bass
TIM GARLAND - bass clarinet and saxophones
GWILYM SIMCOCK - piano and French horn
The three members of Acoustic Triangle are equally at home in classical music and jazz, and their work seeks to blur the perceived boundaries between these genres. Individually, their careers have taken them all over the globe - with musicians such as Mark Anthony Turnage, John Williams, James Galway, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Art Farmer, Joe Lovano, Cleo Laine, Lee Konitz and Sting. Together they have become one of the most original and respected British ensembles, having recorded four albums and performed in major concert venues and festivals all over the world - always without amplification. The group is widely acknowledged for its ground-breaking site-specific work, particularly in sacred buildings, and has performed in most of Britain's ancient Cathedrals.
Acoustic Triangle's music contains a wide variety of influences - from ancient themes and folk styles through impressionism and the jazz era to the avant-garde. Emphasis is put on melody, extended structured composition, spontaneous improvisation and thrilling interaction between the players. Much of the group's repertoire is specially composed by Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock, but it also includes music by Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, G. F. Handel and Maurice Ravel.
Since its inception in 2000, Acoustic Triangle has undertaken a number of special collaborative projects involving Gerard Presencer, Kenny Wheeler, Asaf Sirkis, Liane Carroll, the Sacconi String Quartet, Carolyn Sampson, Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
"Adventurous, eclectic, frequently breathtaking... three undisputed masters of the game." The Guardian
"A trio of world-class virtuosi...exquisitely passionate and inspired" BBC Music Magazine
Photograph by Brian O'Connor www.imagesofjazz.com
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ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE IN REHEARSAL AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Acoustic Triangle rehearse Jubilate Deo by Tim Garland with the Choir of Westminster Abbey directed by
James O'Donnell on Ascension Day 2006.
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ACOUSTIC TRIANGLE - THREE DIMENSIONS 2008
Acoustic Triangle took it's musical exploration of inspiring buildings
to new heights in 2008. The acclaimed trio, joined by six world-class string
players including the Sacconi String Quartet, toured the UK's Cathedrals
and Abbeys in a celebration of sound and inspiring architecture.
Award-winning composers Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock wrote new
music for the tour. In fifteen unique three-dimensional performances,
musicians appeared from all around the building - their sounds echoing, developing and
The nine players are: Malcolm Creese (double bass), Tim Garland (bass
clarinet, saxophones, flute), Gwilym Simcock (piano, French horn), Ben
Hancox, Hannah Dawson, Charlotte Scott and Emma Parker (violin), Robin
Ashwell (viola) and Cara Berridge (cello).
The tour dates were as follows:
- Fri May 16 BURY ST. EDMUNDS CATHEDRAL
- Mon Jun 16 CHRIST CHURCH, SPITALFIELDS, LONDON
- Sat Jun 21 BEVERLEY MINSTER
- Wed Jun 25 EXETER CATHEDRAL
- Thu Jul 10 LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL
- Sat Jul 19 ROMSEY ABBEY
- Thu Aug 7 WORCESTER CATHEDRAL
- Fri Sep 19 LIVERPOOL METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
- Thu Sep 25 HEXHAM ABBEY
- Wed Oct 15 MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL
- Fri Oct 17 CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
- Sat Oct 18 DORCHESTER ABBEY
- Fri Oct 24 LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
- Sat Oct 25 SHEFFIELD CATHEDRAL
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This tour was generously supported by Arts Council England, Yamaha and PRS Foundation
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