One distinctive feature of the choir is that it prefers the challenge and flexibility of working with a wide range of conductors. For that reason, the permanent element of the choir is the singers, rather than the conductor.
The choir’s repertoire is extremely varied ranging from Schubert songs, film music, the baroque and classical choral repertoire, to Brazilian folk songs and opera. Its opera performances include the first UK performances of Rossini’s Ermione with the OAE under Sir Mark Elder at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and the first UK performance of Mozart’s forgotten opera Der Stein der Weisen at London’s Hampstead Festival.
The choir made its Proms debut with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Frans Brüggen and was invited back to perform the first ever Proms performance of Handel’s Jephtha with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 1994 the choir made its Edinburgh International Festival debut to critical acclaim with two concerts, an a capella programme of Spanish renaissance music with Harry Bicket and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Charles Mackerras (from which this recording was made).
Recordings have included Schubert songs for Hyperion, Jane Eaglen singing Bellini under Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an a capella disc for Classic FM called Sacred Voices which includes Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in Alium.
In 2004 The New Company performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in Monte Carlo. The choir performs regularly at festivals in the UK and abroad and was a regular guest at Anthony Rolfe Johnson’s Gregynog Festival in Wales—the last programme for which was Bach’s St John Passion with Lorna Anderson, Catherine Wynn Rogers, John Mark Ainsley and Stephen Roberts under the baton of Shane Fletcher.
The New Company continued its long association with Harry Bicket in a performance of Haydn’s Der Jahreszeiten in Snape in 2008 and a return to the 2009 BBC Proms for Handel’s Samson with The English Concert.
On other labels
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Presto – Allegro assai 'Ode to Joy' Movement 4 of Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125 (Beethoven)|
|Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op 125 (Beethoven)|
|Szene aus Faust, D126 (Schubert)|
|Wie anders, Gretchen, war dir’s First line to Szene aus Faust, D126 (Schubert)|