Gomez, Jill

Gomez was born in New Amsterdam, Guyana,[1] to a Hispano-Trinidadian father and British mother; was raised in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and has made her career primarily in the United Kingdom. After studying briefly at St. Joseph's Convent (Port of Spain) in Trinidad and dominating at the islands' biennial Music Festival, she moved to England at 13, where she studied at London's Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She made her stage debut as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1968. She then created the role of Flora in The Knot Garden at the Royal Opera, London in 1970 and that of the Countess in Thea Musgrave's The Voice of Ariadne at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1973. She also appeared in productions by the English National Opera (Governess), Scottish Opera (Elisabeth, Pamina, Anne Truelove, Leïla), Oper Frankfurt (Cleopatra), Kent Opera (Tatyana, Violetta, Aminta, Donna Anna), Glyndebourne (Mélisande, La Calisto), Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux (Fiordiligi), Wexford (Thaïs and Rosaura) and Teresa at the Berlioz Festival in Lyon. She worked closely with Jonathan Miller in La traviata for Kent Opera (Edinburgh Festival and UK tour), and Eugene Onegin and The Turn of the Screw (with ENO). She also played the Governess with the English Opera Group with the composer, Benjamin Britten, present.

Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Bournemouth Sinfonietta
The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir was originally formed in 1972 for Kenneth Montgomery, who was then the musical director of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. The first concert took place in Romsey Abbey, and, until November 1978, the choir worked as the choral adjunct to the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, which sadly ceased to exist in autumn 1999. Since the late seventies, the choir has been financially independent and self-governing. During its association with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the choir performed with several distinguished conductors, including Volker Wangenheim, Rudolph Schwarz and Simon Rattle. The current conductor, David Gostick, became Musical Director in 2003 and follows in the footsteps of previous conductors Howard Ionascu, Rupert Jeffcoat, Nigel Carver and Barry Ferguson, who was the choir's very first chorus-master. David Gostick is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wimborne Minster and has a wide ranging and busy career as a conductor and repetiteur. He recently took up the post of conductor with Portsmouth Choral Union, works regularly with opera groups and is in demand as conductor and accompanist with many amateur and professional soloists and ensembles both locally and in London.
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East of England Orchestra

East of England Orchestra
Sinfonia Viva (formerly East of England Orchestra) is a virtuoso ensemble delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences. Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva has a national reputation as a leader in creative music activity in the UK. Its work offers relevant and enriching possibilities for all. The Orchestra has toured to Ireland and Berlin, has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has been part of a project for Granada Television. The Orchestra made its London debut as part of an Indian music festival in London’s Kings Place, building on its partnership with top Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath. One of the Orchestra’s tracks on the Gorillaz’ album Plastic Beach was nominated for a Grammy award. The Orchestra has hosted the Association of British Orchestras’ national conference. Its project work includes a contribution to BBC Radio 3’s Music Nation weekend, producing local content for the Olympic Torch Evening Celebration event in June 2012 in Derby, work as part of the SO Festival in Skegnessand events linked to broadcasts as part of BBC Big Screen relays.

Nabarro, Malcolm

Malcolm spent much of his life in the East Midlands, where he built his career around a passion and vision for orchestral provision in the area. Following a successful start in 1974 he founded the 'Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra' as the 'Nottingham Sinfonietta', with the aim of providing a platform for local musicians to perform orchestral music to the highest standards they could achieve. The orchestra was soon performing regularly at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, and working with soloists of international calibre. Then in 1982 he founded the East of England Orchestra, which under his guidance as Artistic Director established itself as one of the U.K's most distinguished regional orchestra's. Indeed this orchestra is now known as VIVA and is the only professional chamber orchestra in the East Midlands. Providing classical concerts and outreach activities that make live orchestral music accessible to all. Malcolm's commitment to new music, in addition to the traditional classical repertoire, led to the commissioning and recording of a number of new works, for labels including ASV and Collins Classics, as well as for BBC3. Malcolm Nabarro began his career as a trumpeter and composer; experience which has been invaluable as he has made his way to the forefront of today's new breed of conductors. As Artistic Director of the EOEO, his work is notable for its freshness of insight and his championing of rarely heard music.
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Cantiga sets the tragic, bloodthirsty story of the 14th-century Spanish noblewoman Inês de Castro; Matthews Symphony No.4 subverts its classical model with plainsong and a tango.

These recordings were originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana in 1993.


'Beautiful, individual things in all four pieces... Matthews is at his best when he's most unashamedly Romantic.'
BBC Music Magazine


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Cantiga / Introit September Music :

Recording date: 16-18 November 1991
Recording venue: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
Engineer: Bob Auger 
Producer: Jillian White

Symphony No 4
Recording date: September 1993
Recording venue: Great Hall, Nottingham University
Engineer: Mike Hatch
Producer: John West

Remastering: Marian Tryggvason

Cover image: Photo: Paul Trevor

Cantiga / Introit / September Music (P) 1992 Unicorn-Kanchana Records
Symphony No 4 (P) 1994 Lambourne Productions

Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D084
Release Date:
7 January 2003