Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

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Theatre of the Ayre

Theatre of the Ayre is Elizabeth Kenny’s platform for bringing dramatically-minded singers and players together to create inspirational programmes of seventeenth-century music. They have performed in and have broadcasted from major festivals across the UK, Belgium and Germany. Always looking for innovative ways of presenting theatrical music, they created bespoke choruses of schoolchildren as cupids during a tour of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, a live recording of which was released on the Wigmore Live label. They followed this with performances of Charpentier’s Actéon, as well as several smaller-scale projects (‘Ayres and Dialogues’, ‘Dowland: Anniversary Collection’ and ‘Setting the Baa High: English Pastoral’) all of which toured. Their performances relish the shift from sublime tragedy to knockabout comedy that is ever-present in seventeenth-century music.

Lutes & Ukes, Theatre of the Ayre’s groundbreaking collaboration with members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, has become known to audiences including and beyond the classical, as a ‘genre-crashing supergroup’ following two tours, the first of which saw them develop an education project involving nearly 400 ukulele-wielding children across London and York. Inspired by the achievements of the Lutes & Voices, they developed ‘The Masque of Moments’ which highlights the glories of little-known vocal music from the Jacobean and Caroline masque.

Theatre of the Ayre were supported in 2015 by a major award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. They have served as judges of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers’ Award and continue to branch out into new music, recently performing new settings of Shakespeare and Carol-Anne Duffy for voices and lute.

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