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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Charivari Agréable (trans. ‘pleasant tumult’, from Saint-Lambert’s 1707 treatise on accompaniment) was formed at the University of Oxford, and very soon after became a prize-winner of the Early Music Network Competition, made its debut at the Wigmore Hall, and recorded the first of many subsequent live concerts for the BBC, including Radio 3’s ‘In tune’, ‘Music Restor’d’, and ‘The Early Music Show’. Charivari Agréable has since recorded for New York’s WNYC, and many other European radio stations, including the European Broadcasting Union. Their discography has garnered such accolades as the Diapason d’Or, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, International Record Review’s ‘Best CD of the Year’, Classic FM’s Christmas Choice, BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Outstanding CD’, and MusicWeb International’s ‘Recording of the Year’.
Ever innovative, the ensemble is sought after for private functions, ranging from weddings to dinner parties and special events. They have the knack of designing imaginative and bespoke entertainment for a wide spectrum of clients, from the numerous institutions within Oxford University, college rectors/fellows’ birthday parties, and corporate functions, to a variety of (academic and business) conferences; Charivari Agréable recently made a return visit for a New Year black-tie candlelit dinner for Duran Duran.
Apart from hosting an annual summer festival of early music in Oxford, the ensemble regularly expands into Oxford’s resident period-instrument orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie. The orchestra has on-going collaborations with over sixty vocal groups—choral societies and professional choirs alike—all over the UK, and has been conducted by many musicians of renown, including the late Sir Charles Mackerras. The ensemble has appeared at all prominent venues in London, even in Buckingham Palace.