Siglo de Oro

Bringing unusual and neglected music to life

'Confident, sonorous and full of character'

Gramophone

Registered Charity 1182321

 

ABOUT US

Siglo de Oro is one of the leading vocal ensembles of its generation, praised for its golden tone, seamless blend, and innovative programming. The group made its professional debut in 2014 at the Spitalfields Festival, of which the Financial Times said: ‘Siglo de Oro, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, performed with vivacity and poise’. Since then, the group has given concerts at St John’s Smith Square, Stour Music and the Barber Institute, performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and taken up invitations to give concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Malta. Siglo de Oro’s plans for 2020 include an appearance at Tage Alter Musik Regensburg in Germany, and the ensemble’s first US tour.

 

The group has made two recordings with Delphian Records, to critical acclaim. The first, released in 2016, was made a Christmas Choice by BBC Music Magazine, and called 'a debut with a difference... a novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed’, while Gramophone described it as 'so invigorating... this one hits you with its character and depth’. The group’s second disc, featuring the world premiere recording of a mass by Hieronymus Praetorius, was released in 2018 to outstanding reviews. BBC Music Magazine awarded it five stars, made it Choral and Song Album of the Month, and said ‘Siglo de Oro has struck gold!’. The disc was placed on the longlist for the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

 

SCHEDULE

 

2020

January 8th, 9th and 10th

Recording Sessions

All Hallows' Gospel Oak, London UK

Friday April 3rd at 19.30

Workshop for amateur singers

St James' Sussex Gardens, London

Sunday April 5th at 15.30

Holy Week in Hamburg

Holy Week Festival, St John's Smith Square

London UK

Sunday May 31st 22.45

Holy Week in Hamburg

Tage Alter Musik Regensburg

July 15th and 16th

Summer School for amateur singers

London

Friday July 24th

Private Concert for Martin Randall Travel

London

Sunday August 9th

MA Festival

Bruges, Belgium

Sunday October 4th 15.00

Little Missenden Festival

Buckinghamshire, UK

Thursday October 8th 19.30

St Paul's Concert Series

St Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston TX, USA

Saturday October 10th 19.00

 St James Episcopal Church Concert Series

St James Episcopal Church, Alexandria LA, USA

Friday October 16th 12.30

Friday Music Series

Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Saturday October 31st 13.00

Music for Milan Cathedral

Wigmore Hall, London

 

WORKSHOPS

Friday April 3rd 2020

St James' Sussex Gardens

London W2 3UD

Lamentatio: Mexican Polyphony for Holy Week

including Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla's Lamentations of Jeremiah

with Patrick Allies and members of Siglo de Oro

7.30pm-9.30pm (doors 7.15pm)

Workshop Fee = £20 (including music)

To book, please visit our online store, here.

VIDEOS

 
 

RECORDINGS

MUSIC FOR MILAN CATHEDRAL (Delphian DCD34224)

In November 2019 our third recording was released on Delphian Records. The aim of the project was to bring attention to the music of Matthias Werrecore, maestro at Milan Cathedral in the first half of the 16th century. Alongside Werrecore's motets - recorded here for the first time, are pieces by his Milanese predecessors and contemporaries Franchinus Gaffurius, Josquin des Prez and Gaspar van Weerbeke.

'Werrecore is a significant rediscovery who richly deserves the attention of these youthful voices and our ears. Siglo de Oro display emotion, dynamic sensitivity, sustained lines and a balance revealing the interplay of internal voices... plumbing deep wells of spiritual devotion, this music meets its match in committed performances of simultaneous unanimity of character.'

Choir and Organ *****

‘I last encountered Siglo de Oro and Patrick Allies on a recording of Hieronymus Prætorius’ music for Easter on another ground-breaking Delphian recording... The new recording continues the good news... May we have more, please?'

Music Web International

‘Siglo de Oro use a group of 13 singers (reducing numbers for some) with female sopranos and a mixed line up of altos. They make a lovely even blended sound, very clear and beautifully smooth. It is a very English sound, think Tallis Scholars, though Patrick Allies has created a distinctive sound for the group and is anything but bland. The disc is imaginatively put together, and certainly deserves to give Werrecore the exposure he deserves.'

Robert Hugill ****

To purchase the CD please visit our online store.

MISSA TULERUNT DOMINUM MEUM (Delphian DCD34208)

 In March 2018 our second disc was released with Delphian Records. This project is the world premiere recording of an eight-part mass - Missa Tulerunt Dominum meum by late Renaissance German composer Hieronymus Praetorius. Alongside the mass are motets for Holy Week by Andrea Gabrieli, Hans Leo Hassler, Jacob Handl and Orlande de Lassus.

‘Here is a choir in which all the elements are held in perfect equilibrium. Patrick Allies ponders every note before moulding lines whose suppleness in turn coalesce into a breathing, organic whole. He ferments vigour, urgency and narrative sweep… Praetorius’s Surrexit pastor bonus rounds off a beautifully recorded, aristocratically executed disc. Siglo de Oro has struck gold!’

 

Performance *****

Recording *****

Choral Disc of the Month

BBC Music Magazine, May 2018

'These are accomplished performances, confident, sonorous and full of character... Patrick Allies' firm grasp of pacing and architecture serves both choir and music well.’

Gramophone

‘One wonders whether the subtle genius of Praetorius’s music would be so pronounced were it not for the diligence of Siglo de Oro. Their pitch is spot on, harmonies balanced, phrasing well refined, regardless of its contrapuntal intricacies. The group made its professional debut in 2014 and they’re already accomplished. I’m ready for more.’

American Record Review, July/August 2018

'The centrepiece is Praetorius’s brilliantly scored Mass... Siglo de Oro’s members sing with passion and refinement.'

Sunday Times

DROP DOWN YE HEAVENS (Delphian DCD34184)

In 2016 our debut CD, Drop Down Ye Heavens, was released on Delphian Records. The disc sees the choir collaborate with saxophonist Sam Corkin in a groundbreaking set of newly-commissioned works from eight composers. The recording also features previously unrecorded antiphons by renaissance composers Pierre Certon and Antoine Mornable, and contemporary pieces by Judith Weir and Bonnie Miksch. 

‘That’s the very reason I find Siglo de Oro so invigorating. Professional London start-ups can sound frustratingly generic but this one hits you with its character and depth, and with an approach to blend that doesn’t want to paper over the music’s joins but instead uses voices of similar weight and vibrato to ensure we hear the grind of the parts while never being in any doubt that the ensemble is a single unit.’

Gramophone

‘Siglo de Oro is a choir founded by London-based students, and this is its first recording. It’s a debut with a difference… a novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed.’

BBC Music Magazine

**** (Christmas Choice)

‘[the disc] takes its title from Judith Weir’s Drop Down Ye Heavens, an immediately captivating opening number… The different ways in which the contemporary composers integrate the vocal sound of the saxophone is intriguing; the singing’s first class.  An impressive and adventurous debut from the ensemble.’

BBC Radio 3 Record Review

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