The Gesualdo Six is a British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across UK, Europe, Canada and Australia.
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Morning Star

Released: November 3, 2023
Label: Hyperion

Byrd: Mass for five voices

Released: June 2, 2023
Label: Hyperion

Lux Aeterna

Released: September 2, 2022
Label: Hyperion

Tenebrae Responsories

Released: March 4, 2022
Label: Hyperion

Josquin's Legacy

Released: October 29, 2021
Label: Hyperion

Fading

Released: March 27, 2020
Label: Hyperion

Christmas

Released: November 1, 2019
Label: Hyperion

English Motets

Released: March 30, 2018
Label: Hyperion

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English Motets

During the Renaissance, musical composition flourished, but it was a time of great change, fueled by religious division. This program traces music written by some of the English Renaissance masters over a period of 200 years, encompassing florid medieval-sounding pieces by Forest and Sheryngham, intricately woven polyphonic works by Tallis and Byrd, and the beautiful simplicity of Gibbons and Tomkins.

Lux Aeterna

Grief touches all of us at some point during our lives, affecting each person in different ways. The music in this program is intended to illustrate some of these emotions, exploring musical responses to mourning and loss.

Motets & Madrigals of Palestrina & Gesualdo

In this program, The Gesualdo Six explore some of the most beautiful and evocative writing from these two famous composers, featuring sacred works such as the ‘Gloria’ from Missa Papae Marcelli, settings of the Tenebrae Responsories, and profoundly moving motets, Super flumina Babylonis and Peccantem me quotidie. The artistry of both composers also finds expression in the intricate interplay of secular and sacred madrigals, weaving narratives both poignant and jubilant.

The Wishing Tree

Embark on a captivating vocal journey with The Gesualdo Six as they curate a collection of exquisite vocal consort pieces. Experience Renaissance works celebrating nature and love by Cornysh and Byrd, alongside lyrical melodies by Ferrabosco and Gibbons. Discover how contemporary composers breathe life into verses by Christina Rossetti and Kathleen Jamie. Immerse yourself in skilful re-imaginings of traditional folk songs from the British Isles that beautifully tie the sequence together.

Queen of Hearts

The Gesualdo Six present a selection of Motets and Chansons from the French Court, focusing on European Queens: Anne of Brittany, Margaret of Austria, Anne Boleyn and Mary Tudor. Reflecting on these earthly regencies, devotional motets for the Queen of Heaven are interwoven with texts from the Song of Songs, appropriated to venerate the Blessed Virgin, alongside specially written chansons and motets commemorating key moments in the reign of Europe’s Queens. The program will also include new works setting Renaissance French poetry by director Owain Park, and Ninfea Crutwell-Reade, commissioned by the ensemble.