‘Gabrieli is a wonderful early-instrument group, characterised by extraordinary sweetness of tone, and by an expressiveness which would be regarded as quaint if it didn’t emerge from the right kind of instruments. Even hearing them tune up is a pleasure’ – Michael Tanner The Spectator
Taking their name from two legendary Venetian composers, the Gabrieli Consort have set a very high standard to live up to. It would seem they do just that – receiving critical acclaim for their international performances and recordings; a Gramophone Best Choral Recording award for their rendition of Hadyn’s Creation; and a Grammy nomination for their recent recording A Spotless Rose.
Founded in 1982 by Paul McCreesh, current Artistic Director, the Gabrieli Consort are renowned for their interpretations of great choral and instrumental works spanning from the Renaissance to the present day. At this year’s Summer Festival the group will present a new choral project, By morning glow and evening shade, celebrating William Byrd’s Great Service. The performance will also feature the world premiere of the latest choral work by Jonathan Dove – Two Sonnets, commissioned specially by the Gabrieli Consort. Dove’s sensitivity to words and desire to exploit the beauty of choral sound will ensure that his commission contrasts and complements Byrd’s celebrated masterpiece.