August 2020: In Short

Delighted and relieved to be able to make music again, albeit without an audience, Philomel met (at the required social distance!) to record newly-written songs by four composers of less than two minutes each. Not only has this produced some wonderful videos and showcased the wide variety of styles available to contemporary composers, but the project will lead on to a live performance of these and other contemporary works as soon as possible.


Video Links

After heavy rainJanet Oates
LausticJanet Oates
Limb-loosening loveJanet Oates
Leaves on the lineSheena Phillips
Please holdSheena Phillips
Sing softlyPaul Ayres
Take o takePaul Ayres
Stay o sweetEmily Doolittle

About Philomel

Philomel is a stunning vocal ensemble performing music from 400 years ago alongside new commissions.

Comprising six sopranos, Philomel gives performances of great beauty and expressiveness, in atmospheric venues that thrill audiences across London.

Philomel champions female composers through the centuries, bringing to light lesser-known composers of the late Renaissance and promoting contemporary women composers, performing virtuosic, powerful repertoire with and without accompaniment.

What our audience says

'I was transported for the whole evening...'

'What a magical opening...'

'...we so enjoyed the evening - the meal and the area as well as the stunning soprano performances. ...What a talented group Philomel is and how well Janet leads them in performing slightly esoteric works that undoubtedly should be performed more frequently.'
Ian Morris, chair of the Bromsgrove International young musician competition

'Thank you so much for the unforgettable privilege of allowing my words to be a part of a truly outstanding concert - a team of great singers, beautiful music (and what a joy for me to have the poem set by Dominic, what a build up of emotional and musical power in the superb performances, and in music new to me - and what a revelation in Barbara Strozzi's great voice, and your powerful composition has inspired new poems), and a unique venue - the great space and the thunder of the trains creating a unique combination of intimacy yet the great life of a great city around us. A feeling of great happiness and great excitement on a great occasion. Thank you so, so much.'
Euan Tait, librettist

'It really was a magical evening, from the first note (and tweet) of the Hildegaard von Bingen to the final call of the nightingale. My friends in the audience really enjoyed it. Many were spell-bound.'
Dominic McGonical, composer

'It was SUCH a wonderful concert. What a brilliant idea to commission those works for those forces in that space! I found the contemporary pieces in particular worked fantastically although everything sounded wonderful.'
Lucy Green, audience member

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