Hilliard Ensemble

Hilliard Ensemble
The Hilliard Ensemble was a British male vocal quartet originally devoted to the performance of early music. The group was named after the Elizabethan miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard. Founded in 1974,[1] the group disbanded in 2014.[2] Although most of its work focused on music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Hilliard Ensemble also performed contemporary music, working frequently with the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and included in its concerts works by John Cage, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli, and Heinz Holliger.

Ebor Singers

Ebor Singers

Paul Gameson, choir director

Acclaimed for performances and recordings that sparkle with fresh insight and vibrant musicality, The Ebor Singers has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting vocal ensembles in the north of England. As well as their concert series held in York Minster and churches in the city centre, the choir has performed in festivals in the UK and abroad, has appeared on radio and TV, regularly releases CD recordings and leads education and composition workshops, including the NCEM Young Composers Award. The choir was founded by their director, Dr Paul Gameson, as part of his ongoing research into French and English vocal music of the seventeenth century, and this repertoire remains a focus of the group. The choir is also committed to the promotion of new music, encouraging young composers to write for voices - notably through the NCEM Young Composers Award - and maintaining strong links with composers.


vocal ensemble
juice (‘The 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’ The Times) are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and the South Bank, King’s Place and the Roundhouse. In 2011, they made their US debut with concerts in New York and at the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2007, they were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.
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Roger Marsh, long fascinated by the poems which Schoenberg set for his Pierrot Lunaire, has completed a setting of Albert Giraud’s brilliant and allusive original texts, ignored by Schoenberg commentators over the years.

Marsh’s settings use both the original French and a new English translation specially commissioned from Kay Bourlier — sometimes simultaneously — and feature solo voice, choirs, a human beatbox and a narrator in the role of the poet himself. This recording, supervised by the composer, features The Hilliard Ensemble and Red Byrd, together with vocal trio Juice, the Ebor Singers and vocalist Linda Hirst, whose work has ranged from early music with John Eliot Gardiner to contemporary performance with Electric Phoenix.


“The work is supremely approachable, with expressive, often simple harmonies offset by catchy rhythms, touching on popular styles in ways which echo Messiaen and Berio."

"Buy and enjoy this marvellous, honest music ... a sheer feast with dreams left over. Marsh shows the greatness of Giraud’s haunting images."
Music Web

‘Many a living composer dreams about performances of their music as considered and accurate as this’


Recording date: December 2005- August 2006

Recording venue: National Centre for Early Music, York,  and Music Research Centre, University of York

Engineer: Jez Wells
Producers: John Potter, Roger Marsh 
Editing & mastering: Jez Wells

Cover image: 'Parce Domine' by Adolphe-Leon Willette

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D127
Release Date:
9 April 2007