Spectrum numbers among its members some of the most distinguished interpreters of contemporary music. The ensemble has performed at concert series and festivals in Britain, Europe and the USA, promoted its own series in London and made numerous recordings and broadcasts for radio networks. Possibly best known for its interpretations of Xenakis, several of whose works the group has recorded on CD, Spectrum has also worked closely with several leading composers in Britain and the USA. Spectrum was founded by Guy Protheroe and Ann Manly.
Guy Protheroe began his musical education as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, and continued with music scholarships to St Edward's School and Magdalen College , Oxford . He became conductor and musical director of the English Chamber Choir soon after its formation in 1972, and has brought to it a wealth of experience from his work in other areas of the music industry.
On leaving Oxford he also founded the contemporary music ensemble Spectrum, which toured extensively in the UK , Europe and the USA , and collected recording awards for its CDs of music by Jonathan Harvey and Xenakis; its staged performances of Xenakis' Oresteia , presented by the English Bach Festival Trust, opened the Linbury Studio theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden . He worked for many years as arranger and musical director for Vangelis Papathanassiou (of Chariots of Fire fame) and has collaborated with the French composer Eric Levi on the series of Era albums, which although not available in the UK , have sold many millions of copies worldwide. As well as conducting, he is in demand as a singer, arranger and an expert adviser and witness on issues relating to music copyright and plagiarism.
A mystical exploration of the Sanskrit Hymns of the Rig Veda for chamber ensemble and quadrophonic tape by Jonathan Harvey, whose long-standing connections with IRCAM and studies with Pierre Boulez are perfectly demonstrated here.
"Anybody who is genuinely concerned about the future of British music should unhesitatingly add Bhakti to their record collection."
Recording date: 23 July 1984 for BBC Radio 3's Music In Our Time
Engineer: John Rushby-Smith
Producer: Anthony Burton
Mastering: The Exchange
Cover image: Kalyana Chakra - the Wheel of Fortune (Anon)
(P) BBC 1989