♫ Eric Whitacre at Union Chapel

We went to this one-off concert with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre at Union Chapel in London last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. This official video is just about the whole concert. Enjoy! [youtube http://youtu.be/0JaiSGAZfW4] If you liked that, buy the album “Water Night” (it’s available in the US too)! I’ve had it on continuous play since it […]

♫ Virtual Choir 3

Eric Whitacre launched Virtual Choir 3, the composite performance of his choral work “Water Night”, to promote his new album of the same name (of which more later). Once again, it’s transcendently beautiful. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3rRaL-Czxw] 3746 singers from 73 countries. Amazing, in every dimension. If you missed the earlier editions, watch them – they are beautiful and remarkable.

♫ Artistic Excellence

[This post is only useful to people who can buy MP3s from Amazon US – sorry] I have previously recommended samplers from Mishara Music. They specialise in singer-songwriters and their previous two samplers in Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011 were superb – and are still free, if you missed them then. So I was pleased […]

♫ Magnetic North

We saw Hannah Peel supporting and playing with The Unthanks when they played down here in Southampton. She is as talented as she is charming, with a fascinating new approach to folk-inspired music that is well-represented on her album The Broken Wave, from which one of the standout tracks is Song For The Sea: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Q2wCEgvbQ] One of her […]

♫ Eric Whitacre’s Grammy

Back in December I mentioned that Eric Whitacre’s wonderful choral album “Light and Gold” [Amazon UK | Amazon US] had been nominated for a Grammy award. Well … he won! If you’ve not heard his choral music, I suggest you take a look at my posting about his Virtual Choir project from last year. Congratulations, […]

♫ Sarah Jarosz – ‘Run Away’

This performance by 20-year-old Sarah Jarosz is completely magical. She’s supported by Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas but there’s no missing her star quality. What’s more, the song is her own composition. Superb stuff again from Transatlantic Sessions, which has become my favourite music TV. This is from Series 5 – I’ve added the DVD […]

♫ Whitacre Grammy Nomination

You’ll perhaps remember that I really loved Light and Gold (a fine Christmas gift by the way – from Amazon UK and Amazon US) from American choral composer Eric Whitacre (of Virtual Choir fame).  We also thoroughly enjoyed his concert at Union Chapel. He’s a fine composer and conductor creating truly beautiful music. Well, I […]