The 24

With a reputation forged under Professor William Brooks, The 24 is now conducted by Robert Hollingworth, founder/director of I Fagiolini, one of the UK’s top professional vocal groups.

In recent years the The 24 has performed Gesualdo for the Department’s Gesualdo conference, and Daniel-Lesur’s highly demanding Le cantique des cantiques and the UK premiere (60 years on) of Jean Françaix’s Ode a la gastronomie. The latter was featured on both BBC Radio 3’s The Choir and In Tune. In 2015, eight graduates of the choir joined I Fagiolini to record the Daniel-Lesur for Decca Classics which was released as Amuse-Bouche. Last November, the choir joined I Fagiolini again to record Gabrieli and Viadana for a major Decca release entitled Monteverdi – The Other Vespers. In August 2015 The 24 was one of three featured choirs at the Association of British Choral Directors’ Convention. It has also given world premieres of challenging works by David Lancaster and Ralph Bateman and recently performed music by Richard Rodney Bennett, Bo Holten, Ben Rowarth, Ian King, Adrian Williams and Eric Whitacre as well as much fascinating sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoire. Last spring the ensemble travelled to Florence to perform Striggio’s 40-part Mass with I Fagiolini, one to a part; with the same ensemble on 7 July they opened the 2017 York Early Music Festival with a surround-sound performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in York Minster.

Membership of The 24 is open to all students and is by audition at the start of the autumn term.

2017/18 programme

New Beginnings: 15 November

Johannes Ockeghem – Intemerata Dei mater
Peter McGarr – Love Remains
William Byrd – Ad Dominum cum tribularer
Frank Bridge – Five Part-songs
Thea Musgrave – Rorate coeli

Our German cousins: 28 February

Heinrich Schütz – Ach Herr, straff mich nicht / Die Himmel erzählen / O primavera!
Hans Leo Hassler – Ach Weh des Leiden!
Johannes Schein – Da Jakob vollendet hatte / Mein Freund, komme in seinen Garten / Quem quaeris
Felix Mendelssohn – Mitten wir in Leben sind Op.23
Johannes Brahms - Three Songs Op.42
Johannes Brahms - Five Songs Op.104
Joseph Rheinberger – Abendlied
Richard Strauss – Lied der Freundschaft

This earth: 30 May

Stephen Wilkinson – Dover Beach
Thomas Simaku – La leggiadra luna (first performance)
John Sheppard – Media vita
Kenneth Leighton – Gods Grandeur
Kile Smith – The Consolation of Apollo (UK premiere)
Owen Russell  -  The Sixth Sphere: Jupiter

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