In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Hailed as "a superb choir" (Gramophone), as well as "a choir to watch" (Fanfare), the Tudor Choir and its director Doug Fullington have received national and international attention as interpreters of Renaissance polyphony and early American music. Founded by Fullington in 1993, the Tudor Choir is a Seattle-based professional vocal chamber ensemble of 12 core singers; the group can expand to up to 40 members for works such as Thomas Tallis's monumental Spem in alium. The Tudor Choir is a resident ensemble at historic Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle.
Doug Fullington and the Tudor Choir have established themselves as leading interpreters of early American music. Their Shapenote Album (Loft) is widely regarded as the definitive professional recording of the shapenote genre and has been regularly broadcast on National Public Radio. Other recordings-Gentle Words: Shaker Songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried and An American Christmas, shapenote carols from New England and Appalachia (both Loft)-have reinforced this reputation. The choir recorded another CD of Americana, Simple Gifts, in April 2006.
The Tudor Choir is also receiving international recognition for its performances of Renaissance polyphony. Reviewing the choir's recent CD, Jacob Clemens non Papa: Requiem and Motets (Loft), a disc of Flemish polyphony, Gramophone magazine stated, "Let us hope this is the first of many recordings of this repertoire by this superb group."
The Tudor Choir has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, including concert appearances in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The choir has been a Resident Ensemble at St. James Cathedral, Seattle; Artists-in-Residence at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle; and a Resident Ensemble at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina. The Tudor Choir presented an annual concert series from 1993 through 2007, and has performed under guest conductors, includingPeter Phillips, Paul Hillier, Andrew Parrott, Stephen Cleobury and Martin Haselbock.The choir has made guest appearances with Mark Morris Dance Group, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Early Music Guild of Seattle.Recent appearances include performances at Festival Vancouver and Annas Bay Music Festival (Union, WA), for Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC), and with Auburn Symphony.
The Tudor Choir has cultivated relationships with a number of world-renowned conductors and especially with Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Phillips has conducted the choir in a number of performances, including a joint performance with members of the Tallis Scholars for the opening of the 2005 Tallis Scholars Summer School in Seattle, co-hosted by the Tudor Choir. The choir has also sung under the direction of Stephen Cleobury (King's College, Cambridge), Martin Haselbock (Vienna), Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble, Theatre of Voices) and Andrew Parrott (Taverner Choir).
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Review: The 17 mixed voices of Seattle's Tudor Choir, founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, have a focused repertoire dedicated to historically informed concerts and recordings with an emphasis on Renaissance, early American and English choral music. While putting together 1996's 'The Shapenote Album,' the Choir came across 'An American Christmas Harp,' a shapenote collection, and were inspired to record 'An American Christmas. We won't go into defining shapenote, referring you to the 28-page liner notes, but we will say that it's intensely harmonic and spirited, and often includes fugues. 23 songs, some of which we know by other names, 'Antioch,' for instance, we know as 'Joy to the World.' Some favorites: 'Shiloh,' 'Sherburne,' 'Emanuel, For Christmas,' 'Redemption, S.M.,' 'Anthem from Luke,' 'Joys Seven,' 'Boston, For Christmas,' 'Bonnie Doon,' 'Judea,' 'London,' 'Raymond' and 'Milford.' These now obscure songs were once as familiar to rural Americans as 'White Christmas.' Shapenote is joyous, celebratory music, fun to sing and fun to hear.
Songlist: Shepherd's Star, Shiloh, The Cherry Tree, Antioch, Sherburne, Emanuel for Christmas, Redemption S.M., Anthem for Luke, Joys Seven, Bethlehem C.M, Redemption L.M., Boston for Christmas, Bonnie Doon, Star in the East, Oxford, Judea, New Bethlehem, London, I Saw Three Ships, Raymond, Convoy, Distress, Milford
Review: The music on this recording spans many centuries, including 20th-century carols, Tudor polyphony, and chant from medieval England's Sarum rite. Producing a choral sound that is distinctly English in heritage, the Tudor Choir sings this music with intelligence and heart. Shape note music, Shaker songs, Sheppard, Tallis, and Victoria.
Songlist: Out fo your sleep , Verbum caro , The truth from above , Ave maris Stella , Gabriel's Message , Ecce Virgo Concipiet , There is no rose of such virtue, A solis ortus cardine , Eterne Laudis Lilium, Christe, Redemptor omnium , Make we jow now in this fest , Nesciens mater , In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Reges Tharsis , Bethlehem Down , Salvator mundi, Domine , The blessed Song of God
Review: The Seattle-based Tudor Choir is a professional mixed-voice choir with a flexible membership between 10 and 30 singers, founded by director Doug Fullington in 1993. They specialize in Renaissance polyphony and also sings Baroque, early American and 20th century music. 'Gentle Words' is their 3rd CD. The Shakers (or United Society of Believers) originated in England in 1747. In 1770 the charismatic Ann Lee became the acknowledged leader, she and 8 others departed for America in 1774 to escape persecution. Their animated and ecstatic worship practices gave rise to their common name. The societies they formed are characterized by pacifism, gender/racial equality and an astounding industriousness and invention. These songs are part of a body of 10,000 Shaker songs. There are 28 a cappella tunes here, all following the Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility. 'I will bow and be simple,' 'In Yonder Valley,' 'All is summer,' 'Love is little,' 'The burning day,' the triumphant 'Circular march,' 'Heavenly display,' the foot-stomping 'Followers of the Lamb,' the joyous 'Angels of heaven,' 'Dismission of Great I,' 'Gentle words,' 'Beautiful Valley,' 'Jubilee,' 'Cords of love' ... There is a quiet beauty and power to these songs--no wonder the Shakers have outlived all other utopian religious groups. Spirited, spiritual music sung beautifully!
Songlist: I will bow and be simple, In yonder valley, All is summer, O Lord make me pure, Love is little, The burning day, Circular march, Help me, O Lord, Heavenly display, Followers of the lamb, Come to Zion, We must be meek, Lay me low, Solemn song, Beautiful treasure, Peace, Angels of heaven, Hunger and thirst, Dismission of Great I, Revelation, Prayer for the captive, Gentle words, Beautiful valley, Jubilee, Exekiel's vision, Almighty Savior, Cords of love, I will go on my way
Review: The Tudor Choir adds to its critically acclaimed collection of recordings with this new CD of music by Renaissance composer Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1515-c.1555). Clemens composed in all of the expected genres of his time. Much of his music is infused with a personal quality that differs from the generally abstract nature of much Renaissance sacred music. The music on this disc is a survey of his Latin-texted sacred polyphony, including his intimate Requiem, plus a Magnificat setting and a sampling of motets. The pieces chosen for this recording reveal texts that portray such themes as relationships, family, and remembrance and therefore demonstrate the unusual personal quality to be found in Clemens s works.
Songlist: Ecce quam bonum, Deus qui nos patrem et matrem, Requiem, Requiem aeternam, Kyrie, Absolve Domine, Offertory, Domine Jesu Christe, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Communion: Lux aeterna, Continuo lacrimas, Magnificat quarti toni, Ego me diligentes diligo, Misit me pater vivens, Pater peccavi, Cum esset
The Star Of Purity
Review: A follow-up to their successful CD of Shaker tunes, 'Gentle Words,' The Tudor Choir expands the repertoire to include other British and American music of simple character and enduring melody. The Tudor Choir's lovely shaping of phrases, impeccable intonation and unadorned, clean sound allow the words and music to become the Shaker 'prayer language,' to free the mind from the world, to visit the soul.
Songlist: 'Tis the Gift to be Simple, The Humble Heart, The Star Of Purity, All At Home, Simple Gifts, I am the Rose of Sharon, I Wish I Was A Child Again, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, Simple Gifts, Zion's Walls, The Hills, At The Water's Edge, He That is Down Need Fear no Fall, O Taste and See, The Call, Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep, One Thing Have I Desired, The Gift to Be Simple
Review: Tudor founder Doug Fullington directs the 17-strong Seattle-based mixed choir in a wonderful collection of 18th and 19th century American Shapenote songs, in this their 2nd CD. The composers who wrote and taught Shapenote songs sought ways for the melody to crop up in all of the vocal parts, or at least for each vocal part to have an interesting musical line, as opposed to all the lower parts supporting the sopranos. 24 spirited songs are here, some of the most melodic, upbeat Christian hymns we've heard. It's obviously more fun to sing Shapenote, because the singers are just singing their tails off! 'Montgomery,' 'Sweet Prospect,' 'China,' 'Soar away,' the joyous 'The better land,' the welcoming 'Weeping Mary,' the dynamic 'Eternal day,' 'Heavenly union,' 'Evening shade,' 'All is well,' 'Africa,' 'Traveling on,' the upbeat 'Happy land,' the glorious fugue 'New Jerusalem,' 'Hallelujah'. These are amazing songs, very blue collar, not designed to be sung in cathedrals. One rarely suspects of cathedral choirs that they are having too much fun singing, but we are certain of it here! Extensive liner notes. Recommended!
Songlist: Montgomery, Windham, Sweet prospect, China, Soar Away, The better land, Weeping Mary, White, Mortality, Eternal Day, Heavenly Union, Expression, Evening Shade, Kedron, Love the Lord, Condescension, All is Well, Africa, Traveling on, Happy land, New Jerusalem, Primrose, Peace and joy, Schenectady