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Chiltern Arts Festival 2018: 'Take Note' Competition Winners
We are delighted to announce that echo have won a place to be part of Chiltern Arts Festival's Young Artists platform 'Take Note'. Founder and Creative Director of the Festival Naomi Taylor stated: "We were blown away by the quality of applicants to our Take Note programme in its first year. What stood out for me with echo was not only the outstanding quality of the singers in the group, but the honest, genuine passion that was evident from the way they performed".

We will be performing at the festival on Sunday 4th February 2018 in Henley-on-Thames. In the first half of the concert we will be performing a selection of French motets and chansons, before joining the Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus for a very special performance of Fauré's Reqiuem, conducted by our old friend Eamonn Dougan.

Tickets are available on the Festival's website - click HERE to book.

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Winter Concert 2017: 'A Night of Snow'
In our first winter season concert, we travelled to St Michael's Church, City Centre in Southampton on Saturday 2nd Decemeber, 2017to sing a collection of songs for winter and advent.

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echo presents: EXILE

On Friday 22nd September 2017 at St. James Church, Paddington, and on Saturday 23rd September at the Thames Tunnel Shaft, Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, echo
delivered two performances of a programme titled EXILE - exploring political and emotional exile, displacement and migration. The concert featured music from the 12th century to the present day, including pieces by William Byrd, Phillippe de Monte and Pedro de Cristo, and the UK Premiere of 'songs of sorrow' by Sheena Phillips. The concerts also incorporated theatrical use of the performance space, particularly for the performance at the Thames Tunnel Shaft, Rotherhithe, which was staged by our Movement Director, Rebecca Meltzer.

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Sounds Sublime

On Saturday 8th July 2017, echo performed at Sounds Sublime, the festival curated by The Sixteen. The day long, free festival is a showcase of the UK's most exciting ensembles in a variety of venues across central London. 

We sang in a joint concert with the fantastic and dynamic group London International Gospel Choir. The theme of the concert was songs about song, and music celebrating music with pieces by Byrd, Monteverdi, Pärt and Skempton, alongside vocal improvisation and folksong. 

You can read more about this in our blog post, written by soprano Lindsey James.

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Debut Sounds: New Musick

echo joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra for their Debut Sounds: New Musick concert at St. John's, Smith Square on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 7.30pm.  

The concert was a collaboration between echo, the LPO and composers and instrumentalists from the LPO's Young Artist Scheme. It featured four world premieres of works by young composers, each of whom had spent the year working with the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. For this performance he set them a challenge to write a piece responding to Henry Purcell's 'Come ye sons of art'. 

echo performed alongside the orchestra in the Purcell, as well as performing a number of unaccompanied works by Purcell and one of our favourite modern composers James Macmillan, who takes over next year as the head of the scheme. We sang Macmillan's ravishing 'Data est mihi' from the Strathclyde motets, and his beautiful folksong arrangement of the Gallant Weaver. 

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echo presents: INNOCENCE
On Saturday 13th May 2017 at St. George's Church, Edgbaston, Birmingham, echo presented a concert based around the theme of Innocence. It formed the choir's second performance as a new ensemble, and featured music exploring purity and corruption, from Biblical ideas of original sin, childhood and the innocence of sleep, through to the inevitability of the end of innocence.

The concert included music from the 12th century to the present day, featuring Herbert Howells 'Requiem' at its centre, alongside works by Purcell and Skempton, vocal improvisation and traditional folk songs from England and America.

In keeping with the concerts theme, a retiring collection in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital was arranged, for which we raised over £140.

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echo presents: WORLD'S END
This concert on Saturday 1st April 2017 formed our debut as echo. It featured music that explored apocalyptic thought, drawing upon biblical depictions of the Day of Judgement, through to huge political upheavals in the 20th and 21st centuries. We performed and discussed a range of music from the 13th century to the present day, presenting a recital that reflected and dissected the current political climate.

This concert's programme style formed the origin of what became our echo presents series: where a specific theme is explored, bringing together pieces from varied time periods and genres into unified musical narratives - as devised by our wonderful Artistic Director, Sarah Latto.

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