In addition, singing choral evensong is a continuing feature of Vasari's schedule, singing regularly in Canterbury Cathedral and with recent visits to Gloucester, Liverpool and Ripon Cathedrals. New music is central to the choir's activities, commissioning over 20 works from British composers since 2000 including 10 new works to celebrate the choir's 25th Anniversary in 2005. In November 2008, the group commissioned and premièred a new choral Requiem by the British Composer Gabriel Jackson. Vasari's extensive discography reflects the choir's versatility, passion and quality. The highly acclaimed Cloud of Unknowing was MusicWeb International's CD of the Year in 2007. The two CDs of works by the French composer Marcel Dupré, both received Gramophone's 'Editor's Choice'.
The Howells Requiem and Frank Martin Mass CD was Gramophone Award-nominated, and the 2007 disc Noel Nouvelet was MusicWeb International's Recording of the Month. A new recording of Maurice Durufle's Requiem, with soloists Sarah Connolly Christopher Maltman, Robert Cohen, and Jeremy Filsell at the organ, has just been released on Signum in April 2009. In 2010, the choir marked its landmark 30th anniversary with a year of performances of choral masterworks. The centrepiece was a recital of Bach's B Minor Mass at London's St Martin in the Fields, featuring World Class solosists including James Gilchrist, Michael Chance and Peter Harvey. Vasari Singers gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS Foundation, the RVW Trust, the Holst Foundation, the Michael Marks Foundation, the Leche Trust, the Kenneth Leighton Foundation and valuable assistance from our sponsors including White Horse Press, Pants Production, AFM Lighting, La Sologne Publications, Sim Canetty-Clarke Photography, Metro Imaging, Genica Design, and SLDesign. Vasari Singers is a UK Charity No. 1071299 http://www.vasarisingers.org/ Read more on Last.fm.
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