Back in 2014, Chantage teamed up with the Aurora Orchestra to perform the world premiere of MELD, by Benedict Mason at the BBC Proms. Written specifically for the Royal Albert Hall, the performers used the entire space during the piece - and it was filmed with multiple cameras positioned around the hall.
Released this week, and available online until 4 July 2016, you can view the complete performance here:
Chantage gave the UK premiere of Mårten Jansson’s 'Missa Popularis' in celebration of the Patronal Festival for St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street, on Sunday 21 May 2016.
Joined by a string ensemble made up of members of the Orchestra of the City, Chantage was honoured by the presence of the composer at the special performance.
Tickets are now on sale for the second of Chantage's Shakespeare-themed performances. Chantage are delighted to be performing with the Salomon Orchestra, widely described as London’s finest non-professional symphony orchestra.
Conducted by Graham Ross. Narrator: Sir Timothy Ackroyd. Chorus: Chantage.
– Tchaikovsky – Fantasy Overture ‘Hamlet’
– Vaughan Williams – Three Shakespeare Songs (conducted by James Davey)
– Delius – Walk To The Paradise Garden
– Walton – Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario (Christopher Palmer arrangement)
Over the last four and a half centuries, William Shakespeare’s work has inspired poets, artists and composers across the globe.
In commemoration of his death in 1616, Chantage showcased settings to music of Shakespeare’s haunting and poignant poetry at St James' Piccadilly.. The concert featured, amongst other works, the Songs of Ariel by Swiss composer Frank Martin, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs and Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs.
Chantage was joined by Slingshot Theatre, performing scenes from Shakespeare's plays.
Miranda is a character in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, first performed around 1611. The play features a song by the character Ariel; this passage has been set to music many times and Chantage will be singing some of those settings. It is more commonly known as ‘Full Fathom Five.
“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell”
from ‘Ariel’s song’ The Tempest Act 1, Scene ii
Chantage are delighted to announce they will be joined by Christopher Hawes and Sarah Mardel from Slingshot Theatre, who will be performing excerpts from Shakespeare's works, at our next concert on 23 April 2016.
About Slingshot Theatre
Slingshot exist to make people laugh, to make people think and to engage people in the unique wonder of live theatre. We champion the use of half-mask, celebrate the surreal and are very ordered in our creation of anarchy.
A reviewer writing about our first show Zanniskinheads described it as “like watching two delinquent children playing and fantasising”. He meant it as a criticism but we wear it as a badge. Theatre is play. In Shakespeare’s day actors weren’t called actors, they were called ‘players’. We go to watch a ‘play’. We sit in a building and imagine that what we are seeing is real. We imagine and we dream.
Find out more about Slingshot Theatre on their website.
Chantage was delighted to perform a selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas music for the annual Cancer Research UK legacy event.
The reportoire included O Magnum Mysterium by Ola Gjielo, First Snow by Bo Holten and A Spotless Rose by Howells.
Chantage shared the stage at the Holy Redeemer, Exmouth Market with The Fourth Choir for a joint performance the day after the UK elections. The choirs performed several joint numbers, including Faire is the Heaven for double choir, by William Harris. Chantage performed songs from their recent Album 'My Promise', and selections from Frank Martin Mass for double choir.
Chantage is delighted with all the amazing feedback and reviews for our first Prom on Saturday 16 August 2014! 5 stars in the Times, 4 stars in the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, as well as a huge number of positive tweets and comments. Thanks to everyone who gave their feedback - here's just a sample:
Chantage took the stage with the great flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, to perform his popular Missa Flamenco. The performance marked a new interpretation of the piece, in which an African vocal ensemble was incorporated, lead by South African composer Neo Muyanga.
Paco and Neo had discovered a certain pattern of similarity between African and Flamenco rhythms, and this concert brought together the two elements in a fantastically exciting and successful experiment.
Chantage joined with the Swingle Singers and the Urban Big Band for a concert performance of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, the Swingle Singers as the soloists and narrators. A new interpretation of the tap dance sequence was for two of the Swingle Singers to have a Beatboxing drum solo, in which the two vocal percussionists bounced rhythmic ideas off each other, gradually building to a climax before the band come back in.
The concert also saw the premiere of a new set of Interludes written by Ken Burton, designed to link together the choral version sections of Michael Tippett's 5 Negro Spirituals.