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ANTONIO LOTTI

Crucifixus

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"This disc is a revelation, in terms of the composer and
also the ability of the performers - full marks!"

★★★★★ Early Music Review
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"Conductor Ben Palmer draws alert responses from The Syred Consort,
highlighting to dramatic effect moments of vivid word
painting, expressive chromaticisms and dissonance."

★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
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"The Dixit opens with the same monumental wall of sound that
Monteverdi uses in his
Vespers, setting the majestic tone for
the disc. ...a labour of love for Palmer and his musicians... the
superb musicianship on display shows Lotti in the best possible light."

Presto Classical
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"Each of these offerings suggests a director in Ben Palmer who has a
firm grip on his material: rhythms are propelled with purpose and
vitality, and there's an unyielding quest to uncover the imagery and
sensibility of Lotti's almost cinematic perspectives with graphic immediacy."

Gramophone Magazine

 

About The Syred Consort

 

The Syred Consort is a hand-picked chamber choir bringing together some of the finest young professional singers in London under the direction of conductor Ben Palmer. Founded in 2007, the Consort's repertoire is diverse, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, often featuring soloists drawn from within the choir. The Consort's critically-acclaimed debut CD (on the Delphian label), featuring previously unrecorded music by Antonio Lotti, including the work from which the famous eight-part 'Crucifixus' is drawn, the Missa Sancti Christophori, was chosen as BBC Radio 3's 'Disc of the Week' on Record Review, entered the Specialist Classical Chart at No. 2, and was chosen as one of Presto Classical's Top Ten discs of 2016.

The Consort has toured programmes of Antonio Lotti and Bach Motets, and given acclaimed performances of Messiah in London and throughout the UK. Past seasons have included a cycle of J. S. Bach's four great choral-orchestral works, staged productions of Dido and Aeneas and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, music by Duruflé, Gesualdo, MacMillan, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Tallis, Berlioz's Messe solennelle, Handel's Israel in Egypt, and world premières by Graham Ross and Malcolm Hayes.

In addition to several performances at the English Music Festival, the Consort has sung in such notable venues as Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and, under the direction of Tim Brown, King's College Chapel, Cambridge. The choir collaborates regularly with OSP (the Orchestra of St Paul's), and occasionally with its sister ensemble, the Syred Sinfonia.

The Syred Consort remains hugely indebted to its sponsor, Richard Syred, from whom the choir takes its name.

 
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ANTONIO LOTTI CRUCIFIXUS

by The Syred Consort

"...this disc is a particularly welcome unveiling of four rapturous sacred works, thanks to a happy marriage of scholarship and performance. ... Conductor Ben Palmer draws alert responses from The Syred Consort, highlighting to dramatic effect moments of vivid word painting, expressive chromaticisms and dissonance. ...the Orchestra of St Paul’s produces a lush orchestral sound, aptly suggesting the extravagance of Venetian sacred music." ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine

Despite a hugely prolific output spanning a career of more than 50 years, Antonio Lotti is known almost exclusively for his eight-part setting of the 'Crucifixus'. It is not widely known that that motet is in fact part of a complete Credo setting, itself part of the Missa Sancti Christophori that receives its first recording here.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
BEN PALMER

Ben Palmer is Artistic Director of OSP (the Orchestra of St Paul's) and chamber choir The Syred Consort, and is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the UK and abroad. Acclaimed for his innovative and imaginative programming, he is increasingly gaining recognition as an inspiring and versatile conductor. During the 2016/17 season he will make his debuts with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the BBC Singers (a live broadcast as part of Pass the Baton, celebrating the BBC performing groups), the Orquestra Clássica do Sul and the Janus Ensemble, act as rehearsal conductor for Bernard Haitink, and return to conduct the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, Oxford University Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Classical Orchestra. His recent guest conducting work includes appearances with Aurora Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, the Royal College of Music Classical Orchestra (replacing Sir Roger Norrington at short notice), the RCM Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, Southern Sinfonia, the Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra and the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra (whilst acting as assistant to Paul McCreesh for a recording of Haydn’s The Seasons), Britten Sinfonia and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Since 2011 he has worked closely with Sir Roger Norrington, acting as his assistant conductor for concerts, recordings, on tour and at the BBC Proms.

Ben Palmer has made a speciality of conducting films live to screen, with performances of Casablanca, Hitchcock’s Psycho, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold RushPeter and the Wolf, and The Snowman, in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Roundhouse, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, and Barbican Centre’s Milton Court. Future film-with-orchestra engagements include the premieres of London Symphony, a new silent film by Alex Barrett with music by James McWilliam, and Neil Brand’s new score for Hitchcock’s The Lodger, Laura Rossi’s The Battle of the Somme, and further screenings of The Snowman.

In 2015 he released a critically acclaimed disc of music for strings with OSP, featuring premiere recordings of Elgar, Malcolm Arnold and Robert Simpson. His recent CD of music by Antonio Lotti with The Syred Consort and OSP was chosen as the BBC Radio 3 Record Review Disc of the Week, and entered the Specialist Classical Chart at No. 2. He is principal conductor of London Haydn Project, musical director of Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra and Woking Choral Society, and is regularly invited to work with some of the UK’s leading amateur orchestras. His opera work includes productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutteDie ZauberflöteL’enfant et les sortilègesDido and Aeneas, and Die Fledermaus.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Ben Palmer is in demand as a composer, arranger and orchestrator. Recent commissions include the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Haydn Society of Great Britain, Woking Choral Society, the English Music Festival and London Russian Ballet School. His music has been performed by such ensembles as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the City of London Sinfonia and the Fibonacci Sequence, in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and as far afield as South Korea.

A trumpeter and composer by training, he studied music at the University of Birmingham, graduating with first class honours in 2003. He stayed on at Birmingham to complete an MPhil in composition with Vic Hoyland, before moving to London in 2005 to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge. He is more than halfway through his lifetime ambition to conduct all 107 Haydn symphonies.

CONCERTS

Next concert to be announced soon

Past Concerts

6-8 Oct 2015 | All Hallows', Gospel Oak, London
CD recording for Delphian Records
Lotti Dixit Dominus in G minor première recording
Lotti Miserere in C minor première recording
Lotti Missa Sancti Christophori première recording
Lotti Credo in G minor première recording
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 20 Dec 2014, 7.00pm | Rye Parish Church
Mon 22 Dec 2014, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Handel Messiah
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 8 Mar 2014, 7.30pm | St Giles-in-the-Fields, London
Gesualdo Four Marian Motets
Stravinsky Pater noster
Gesualdo/Stravinsky Tre Sacrae Cantiones
Stravinsky Ave Maria
Gesualdo Tenebrae Responses for Holy Saturday
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 8 Feb 2014, 7.30pm | St Alban the Martyr, London
Handel Israel in Egypt
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 30 Mar 2013, 7.30pm | Stamford Methodist Church
Handel Messiah
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Mon 18 Mar 2013, 7.30pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Berlioz Messe solennelle
The Syred Consort
 Vox Cordis
 Woking Choral Society
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 2 Jun 2012, 2.30pm, All Saints Church, Sutton Courtenay
English Music Festival
Finzi Songs to Poems by Christina Rossetti
Paul Carr Holding the Stars
Paul Carr Now Comes Beauty
John Gardner Seven Songs
Ireland Eight Songs for upper voices
Rutland Boughton Sir Galahad
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 14 Apr 2012, 6.30pm | St Michael and All Angels
J. S. Bach Matthäus-Passion
The Syred Consort
Syred Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 17 Dec 2011, 7.30pm | The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Sun 18 Dec 2011, 7.30pm | Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom
Handel Messiah
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 4 Jun 2011, 7.30pm | St Michael and All Angels, London
J. S. Bach Mass in B minor
The Syred Consort
Syred Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 28 May 2011, 11.00am, Dorchester Abbey
English Music Festival
Robin Milford Songs of Escape
Finzi Seven Unaccompanied Parts Songs
Rawsthorne Four seasonal songs
Haydn Wood This Quiet Night
Haydn Wood The Phynodderee
Holst Four Part Songs
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 30 Apr 2011, 7.30pm | St Martin-in-the-Fields
Handel Zadok the Priest
Handel Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
Vivaldi Gloria
The Syred Consort
The Belmont Ensemble
Peter G. Dyson conductor

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Good Friday, 22 Apr 2011, 7.00pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Handel Messiah
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Mon 7 Mar 2011, 7.30pm | St John's Smith Square
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
The Syred Consort
Vox Cordis
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Tue 15 Feb 2011, 6.45pm | Oxford and Cambridge Club, London
Sat 19 Feb 2011, 8.00pm | St Mary's Church, East Barnet
J. S. Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
J. C. Bach Fürchte dich nicht
J. S. Bach Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
J. M. Bach Das Blut Jesu Christi
J. S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sun 27 Oct 2010, 3.30pm | King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Evensong
The Syred Consort
Tim Brown conductor

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Thu 2 Sep 2010, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Fri 3 Sep 2010, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Sat 4 Sep 2010, 2.30pm & 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Purcell Dido and Aeneas
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Mon 31 May 2010, 11.00am, Dorchester Abbey
English Music Festival
Finzi Magnificat
Vaughan Williams O how amiable
Ireland Five Part Songs
Vaughan Williams Little Cloister
Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 17 Apr 2010, 7.30pm | St Giles-in-the-Fields
Walton A Litany
Walton Set me as a seal
Ireland Five Part Songs
Malcolm Hayes The Wild Swans at Coole world première
Howells Requiem
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 6 Mar 2010, 7.30pm | St Michael and All Angels, London
J. S. Bach Johannes-Passion
The Syred Consort
Syred Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 12 Dec 2009, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Sun 13 Dec 2009, 7.00pm | University College School, London
Handel Messiah
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Thu 27 Aug 2009, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Fri 28 Aug 2009, 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Sat 29 Aug 2009, 2.30pm & 7.30pm | St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
Ravel (arr. Didier Puntos) L'enfant et les sortilèges
The Syred Consort
Orchestra of St Paul's
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 30 May 2009, 7.30pm | St Patrick's Church, Soho, London
Haydn Missa sunt bona mixta malis
Haydn Offertorium: Non nobis, Domine
Mozart Ave verum corpus
Bruckner Motets: Ave Maria; Christus factus est; Os justi; Locus iste
Mendelssohn Motets Op. 69
Mendelssohn Jauchzet dem Herrn all Welt
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Tue 14 Apr 2009, 7.30pm | St Mary's Church, Wiveton, Norfolk
Wed 15 Apr 2009, 7.30pm | St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds
Thu 16 Apr 2009, 7.30pm | St Pancras Church, London
Fri 17 Apr 2009, 7.30pm | Exeter University Chapel
Lotti Crucifixus a 6, a 8 & a 10
J. S. Bach Komm, Jesu, Komm
J. S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude
D. Scarlatti Stabat Mater
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Thu 2 Apr 2009, 7.30pm | St Giles-in-the-Fields, London
English Music Festival
Vaughan Williams Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
Stanford Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G
Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Howells Magnificat and Nunc dimities (Collegium Regale)
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sun 4 Jan 2009, 7.00pm | St Peter's Church, Hammersmith, London
J. S. Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium
The Syred Consort
Syred Sinfonia
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 8 Nov 2008, 7.30pm | St Patrick's Church, Soho, London
Fauré Requiem
Duruflé Requiem
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 27 Sep 2008, 7.30pm | St Patrick's Church, Soho, London
Tallis Salvator Mundi I
MacMillan Give me justice
Tallis Nine Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
MacMillan To my successor
Tallis If ye love me
Tallis A new commandment
MacMillan Missa brevis
Tallis O nata lux
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 26 Apr 2008, 8.00pm | Corpus Christi, Covent Garden, London
Parry I was glad
Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Finzi God is gone up
Tippett Five Negro Spirituals
Walton Coronation Te Deum
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 23 Feb 2008, 7.30pm | St Patrick's Church, Soho, London
Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah (Parts I & II)
Praetorius; Gesualdo; Victoria O vos omnes
Lotti Crucifixus a 6 & a 8
Allegri Miserere
Victoria Ave Maria a 8
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 17 Nov 2007, 7.30pm | St Michael's Church, Battersea, London
Walton Set me as a seal
Walton; Britten Jubilate Deo
Malcolm Hayes Corpus Christi world première
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

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Sat 29 Sep 2007, 7.30pm | St Michael's Church, Battersea, London
Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Purcell Hear my Prayer
Bairstow Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Walton A Litany
Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
Elgar Choral Songs Op. 71 & 73
Graham Ross A Voice from Afar world première
The Syred Consort
Ben Palmer conductor

 
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