After 31 years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognized as one of the worlds greatest ensembles. Comprising choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Its special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder, Harry Christophers.
At home in the UK, The Sixteen are “The Voices of Classic FM,TV Media Partners with Sky Arts, and Associate Artists of Southbank Centre, London. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of our finest cathedrals bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen has recently featured in the highly successful BBC Four television series, Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale.
The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and Vienna Musikverein, and also at the BBC Proms and the festivals of Granada, Lucerne, Istanbul, Prague and Salzburg.
Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which now boasts over 75 releases. Recent recordings include Handels celebrated oratorio, Messiah, with an all-star soloist line-up, which was awarded the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009.
Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue of releases, containing music from the Renaissance and Baroque through to great works of our time!