The Ebor Singers

The Ebor Singers, from the city of York (the name is derived from Eboracum, the Roman name of the city, and from the honorary title thus given to the Archbishop of York), have emerged as one of northern England's most innovative vocal ensembles. The choir was founded in 1995 by Paul Gameson, a researcher at the University of York interested in English and French music of the 17th century. Its membership is mixed, consisting of both professional singers and amateurs from the York area, and the choir has been involved with various educational projects in and around York. The Ebor Singers have performed a longstanding series at York Minster, the city's massive medieval cathedral, as well as giving concerts at other churches in York's city center. It has performed at festivals around the U.K. and in other countries, and has offered Cavalier Christmas concerts exploring music Charles I may have heard.

The group's concerts and recordings are uniquely organized into three long-term enterprises. The first is the commissioning and performance of new music for choir; the Ebor Singers are responsible for the creation of short works by Kerry Andrew, Nicholas Ashby, Hilary Campbell, Ian Colson, Philip Moore, Ben Rowarth, and other contemporary English composers. The second is the group's Charpentier Project, devoted not only to works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, but to its context in France and beyond. Finally, the Ebor Singers have mounted an intensive musical exploration of the Siege of York in 1644, in which Scottish and Parliamentarian armies clashed with the royalist forces of William Cavendish, Marquess of Newcastle. Musical activities were closely associated with the siege and with the English Civil War in general, and these have been the focus of the singers' unique historical project. That project resulted in an album release, Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War & Siege of York, which appeared on the Resonus label in 2017. ~ James Manheim

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