About the Binchois Consort

Founded by its conductor Andrew Kirkman in 1995, The Binchois Consort has performed widely in Europe and the United States, and has recorded nine discs on Hyperion Records to stunning critical acclaim. Its recordings have won numerous music industry awards, including ‘Recording of the Month’ and ‘Early Music Disc of the Year’ in Gramophone magazine, ‘Diaposon d’or’ in Diapason (France), ‘G5’ in Goldberg magazine and ‘five stars’ in BBC Music Magazine. The group’s recording ‘Music for Henry V and the House of Lancaster’ was a ‘Critics’ Choice’ in Gramphone magazine, and a ‘Choral Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine, where it was praised as a ‘magical and moving chance to hear music directly from the circle of Henry V.’ The disc also enjoyed striking success on the UK classical charts! Full reviews are available on request.

 

Voices

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Mark Chambers

Alto

Mark works regularly with many of the world’s leading choirs and ensembles including Tenebrae, Gallicantus, The Monteverdi Choir, The Gabrieli Consort, the National
Chamber Choir of Ireland and Gramophone award winning Binchois Consort.
Mark has made many recordings, including a solo recital of songs by Edmund Rubbra and R. Vaughan Williams with David Mason (piano), a series of discs with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with music from Italy ( Accendo ) Germany ( A Hanseatic Festival ) and England ( Flower of Cities All ). Mark took part in the live recording of J.S.Bach St Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore from Symphony Hall,Birmingham.

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Tim Travers-Brown

Alto

Tim Travers-Brown has a long established career as a counter-tenor that has seen him perform across the globe both as a soloist and ensemble singer. He has sung with Bach Collegium Japan in concerts and recordings in Tokyo, with the Oslo Cathedral Choir, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, and at the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in the UK, to name but a few. He has performed many concerts with the likes of Tenebrae, Gabrieli Consort, Sixteen and Tallis Scholars, and was a Vicar Choral at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He is currently a Lay Clerk at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and a passionate Singing Teacher, connected to Eton College and Charterhouse School.

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David Allsopp

Alto

David sings with many of London’s major consort groups and has toured extensively both in Europe and further afield. On the solo platform, he has given many performances – although he specialises mainly in Baroque repertoire, his background means that he is equally at home with renaissance and medieval works and with more modern composers such as Britten and Tavener. Recent appearances have seen David in venues such as Karlsruhe Opera House, the Musikverein in Vienna and St John’s, Smith Square in London. His critically acclaimed performance of Othniel in Handel’s Joshua appears on the Maulbronn Monastery Edition series and he features in recordings on the EMI Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion labels.

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Matthew Vine

Tenor

Matthew is a singer, pianist, musical director, teacher and motivator with special interests in both early music performance, and music education in East Africa.

Beginning his musical career as a boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, he went on to study flute, saxophone and organ before singing tenor in Perth, Western Australia for a year. He returned to England to study Music at Christ Church, Oxford, where he began his lifelong exploration of early repertoires.

He has sung as a lay clerk at Westminster Cathedral, and with most of the early music vocal ensembles in the UK, in addition to his long-standing work with the Belgian Huelgas Ensemble. Concert performances and recordings have taken him throughout Europe (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) as well as to Israel, Russia, Canada, Australia, Japan and most states of the USA.

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Steven Harrold

Tenor

Steven has sung regularly with many vocal groups including The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort, but is perhaps best known for his sixteen years in The Hilliard Ensemble, who have recently retired. With them he gained extensive experience in contemporary music and performed pieces written for the group by Arvo Pärt, James Macmillan, Wolfgang Rihm, Heinz Holliger, Erki Sven-Tüür, Alexander Raskatov, Gavin Bryars and many more. Steven is passionate about both early and contemporary music and enjoys combining the two in concert.

Steven is married to oboist Rachel Harwood-White. He is a keen walker and an obsessive follower of sport of all kinds.

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Nick Madden

Tenor

Originally from New Zealand, Nick moved to England in 2005 to take up a Lay Clerkship at Ely Cathedral, before moving on to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 2007. In addition to singing at daily services and regular appearances in front of the Royal Family at private and state occasions, Nick has toured widely around the UK, Europe, US and Asia with a variety of eminent chamber choirs and early music groups. He regularly appears as a member and soloist with professional ensembles including Tenebrae, the Gabrieli Consort, The King’s ConsortThe Tallis ScholarsThe Sixteen,  GallicantusThe Binchois ConsortAlamirePolyphony,  the BBC Singers and the Dutch Radio Choir.  He has also worked as a soloist for a variety of chamber choirs and choral societies around London and the Home Counties, appearing in Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater,  Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem  and for Sir Colin Davis in Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Nick is a founding member of close-harmony group, The Queen’s Six, based at Windsor.

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Dominic Bland

Tenor

Dominic Studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and drama where he studied under Phillip Lloyd-Evans. After this he spent a year as a Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral where he was soloist on the Hyperion recording  of music by James Macmillan. He is now a Lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Alongside being a Lay clerk, Dominic is a freelance singer and has worked with many groups in the UK including Tenebrae, Philharmonia Voices, London Voices and the Binchois Consort. In addition he is a member of The Queen’s Six.

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Jimmy Holliday

Bass

Jimmy Holliday was born in Birmingham and sang as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. He was a Lay Clerk at Winchester Cathedral for five years before moving to London in 2006 to study at the RCM’s International Opera School, from which he graduated with distinction. He followed the RCM with a year’s study at The National Opera Studio, London, and was an Independent Opera Vocal Scholar from 2011-2013.

Jimmy is in extremely high demand as a consort singer and regularly works with EXAUDI, Ensemble Plus Ultra (winner of Gramaphone’s 2012 Early Music CD), Tenebrae, The Sixteen (including second series of BBC’s Sacred Music), I Fagiolini, Gabrieli Consort and The Binchois Consort. He sings in the choir at Temple Church, London, and is a regular Bass with The BBC Singers, the UK’s only full-time professional choir. He is also in demand as an Oratorio performer across the UK and Europe.

Conductor

Andrew Kirkman

Andrew Kirkman studied at the universities of Durham, London (King’s College) and Princeton, and has worked at the universities of Manchester, Wales, Oxford and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is currently Peyton and Barber Professor of Music in the Music Department at Birmingham. He has directed a wide range of ensembles, including choirs, orchestras and various period-instrument ensembles. He founded The Binchois Consort in 1995, since when it has made nine recordings, all on the Hyperion label. Its recordings and performances, of music by Du Fay, Binchois, Josquin, Busnoys and others, have received universally strong critical acclaim and many music industry prizes, including Gramophone ‘Early Music Recording of the Year’ in 1999 for its recording ‘Music for St James the Greater by Guillaume Du Fay.’

 

Kirkman’s research centers on sacred music of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and he has published and lectured widely on English and continental music of the period, including the music of such composers as Du Fay, Binchois, Ockeghem and Josquin. His books include The Cultural Life of the Early Polyphonic Mass: Medieval Context to Modern Revival (Cambridge, 2010), Binchois Studies, edited jointly with Dennis Slavin (Oxford, 2000), and Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film, edited jointly with Alexander Ivashkin (Ashgate, 2013). His articles have appeared in many journals, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of Musicology, Early Music History, Music and Letters and 19th-Century Music. He has also maintained a busy career as a freelance violinist, and recently made the world première recordings of Cyril Scott’s Violin Sonata No. 1 (original version) and Violin Sonata No. 4 with American pianist Clipper Erickson.

 

Resident Scholars

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PHILIP WELLER

Resident Scholar

Philip Weller is a scholar working at the University of Nottingham with a broad range of interests. His work in Renaissance polyphony includes editions and reconstructions of incomplete works, prepared for a large number of programmes by the Binchois Consort.

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JAMES COOK

Resident Scholar

James Cook received his PhD in 2014 with a thesis on fifteenth-century English mass cycles. He has taught at the Universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, Huddersfield and Bangor and is now a University Teacher at the University of Sheffield. He was a post-doctoral fellow of the Society for Renaissance Studies for 2015-16. He specialises in music of the 14th-16th centuries and also in the representation of Early Music in popular culture (for more information, see here and here). For a list of recent publications, see here.