Musical Director GILES TURNER
"A hugely inspiring and immensely enjoyable evening!"
Beyond the Notes
For over thirty years, this accomplished chamber choir of around twenty singers has been offering outstanding concerts which both inspire and delight audiences.
The ensemble has given a number of world premieres, including the first performance of the Jazz trio version of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue.
The choir is equally at home with smaller scale works, such as the Bach Motets, the masses of Byrd, Willaert and Palestrina, as with more substantial works including the St John Passion, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Pärt’s Berliner Mass.
Yet very often you'll find yourself introduced to music you had never experienced before, as the choir takes pleasure in showcasing new talented composers.
Whether you favour serious historical retrospectives, or you prefer its popular lighter programmes, Kingfisher Chorale will leave you feeling enlightened and stimulated.
The hallmark of Kingfisher Chorale is an exquisite attention to detail, subtle nuance of expression, and a richness of tone which bring to life repertoire, spanning over five centuries, from Renaissance, through to contemporary 20th and 21st century. Both sacred and secular music shine in inspiring and often surprising programming!
We invite you to take a breath of fresh air and step beyond the ordinary with us.
"I loved the brilliant solo singing, gorgeous voices soaring out of the sumptuous texture."
"Thank you to you all for a truly special concert.
The singing tone was really beautiful
and I loved the whole programme."
Always a highlight of the Kingfisher year, our sell-out Christmas concerts in Leicester's stunning mediaeval Guildhall provide an evening of festive delight in the busy season.
Here are a few of our favourite Christmas recordings.
It was thrilling to hear the different treatments of the 'Pange Lingua' text from the different composers through the centuries, juxtaposed with the movements of Josquin des Prez's 'Missa Pange Lingua'.
I remember glorious plainchant, perfect polyphony, extraordinary percussive sections. I was moved and intrigued by the opening piece of the second half, 'Tantum Ergo', a polyphonic piece performed madrigal-style, without a conductor!
Fantastic singing, perfect pitch and harmonies, and such wonderful tempos and dynamics, paying perfect attention to each other.
Thank you, Giles and singers for a remarkable concert."
Pam Pollin in the Leicester Mercury
"Giles and his wonderful singers managed to conjure the spirit of Christmas in a cold room of masked people!"
"Fantastic singing, perfect pitch and harmonies..."
THE MISSING MASTER
In 2013 we performed a landmark concert celebrating Adrian Willaert 'The Missing Master' in Leicester's magnificent St James the Greater.
Willaert, the first of the great Venetian composers, left a legacy which inspired masters such as Monteverdi and the Gabrielis.
Here, Giles Turner discusses the great significance of this forgotten genius and his contribution to renaissance music.