ElysianSingers

The Elysian Singers of London is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs. Founded in 1986, the group quickly developed an interest in contemporary music, giving world premières by a number of composers including John Tavener, who was the choir’s Patron until his death in 2013. World premières include a performance of Tavener’s MonumenttoBeethoven at the Royal Festival Hall (2014), Ian Stephens’ Timepieces (2011), John Habron’s SalveRegina (2008), and ExileLamentations (2009) by Paul Stanhope. Their first CD of James MacMillan’s music, CantosSagrados received a 5-star rating from BBC Music Magazine. TV and radio highlights include the first broadcast performances of Górecki’s Miserere and ThreeLullabies on Radio 3, and live performance on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. In 2015 the upper voices of the choir made their debut performance at the BBC Proms, providing the offstage chorus for Holst’s ThePlanets with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017 the lower voices were delighted to make their debut with the renowned violist Lawrence Power at the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival. The Elysian Singers are now privileged to have Sir James MacMillan as the choir’s patron. In 2019 we released our second CD of his music, entitled OneEqualMusic, receiving a 5-star rating in Choir and Organ and the accolade of ‘first among equals’ in Gramophone. The CD was launched at a concert conducted by James MacMillan himself, and several tracks have already been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.