Broadcasts

The choir gave the first broadcast performances of Henryk Górecki’s Miserere and Three Lullabies on BBC Radio 3 in the presence of the composer in 1993, and has since featured several times on radio and television. Tracks from our CDs are played regularly, both at home and overseas. Radio 3 broadcast The Gallant Weaver, from our MacMillan CD in January 2013, for example, while Netherlands Radio 4 aired two numbers from our Granville Bantock compilation in October 2009.

Recording for Radio Three (December 2011) Photograph: In Tune/BBC Radio 3
 

Promenade concert
July 2015
Televised by BBC4 at the Royal Albert Hall.
BBC Radio 3
March 2014
Gala concert to showcase the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall organ.
BBC Radio 3
September 2012
Broadcast of the choir’s private recording of Ian Stephens’ The Ecchoing Green.
BBC Radio 3
December 2011
Featured on In Tune singing works by Brahms, Lukaszewski and MacMillan.
BBC Radio 3
February 2011
World premiere of Ian Stephens’ Funeral Blues, an Elysian Singers commission.
Granada TV
November 2003
Performances of two John Tavener works in an edition of My Favourite Hymns.
Choir Works
May 2003
Radio 3 highlights of the UK heat of Let the peoples sing, won by the Elysian Singers.
BBC2’s Lesley
Garrett Shows

April 2003
December 2001
Featured in programmes also including Ian Bostridge, Joshua Bell, Robin Blaze and Jonathan Lemalu.
Sainsbury’s
Choir of the Year

December 2000
Broadcast by BBC Television. The Elysian Singers was one of eight choirs to reach the competition finals at the Albert Hall from a starting field of over 300 applicants. Additional material was featured on Radio 3’s Choir Works.
Tavener concert
November 1998
with Patricia Rozario and Steven Isserlis at St James, Piccadilly for the Royal Academy of Arts. Broadcast by Classic FM and by over 200 US Public Service Broadcast stations.
Sainsbury’s
Choir of the Year

November 1998
The choir reached the televised semi-final stages at the Buxton Opera House.
BBC Mercury
Awards 1997

August 1997
Televised prize giving ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, performing John Tavener’s Svyati with Steven Isserlis.
Bruckner concerts
July 1996
Series of four concerts for the City of London Festival, with the Endymion Ensemble. Recorded for New York State Radio (WNYC).
Gorecki concert
November 1993
UK premieres of Henryk Gorecki’s Miserere and Three Lullabies in the presence of the composer, with the Schola Cantorum of Oxford and the Holst Singers. Broadcast by Radio 3.

 

  • "A fascinating programme, full of...
    unexpected modulations and intensity...to which Laughton and the Elysian Singers do justice" (Gramophone)

    "Bantock's sizeable following will be grateful that holes in his discography have been filled with such expertise and empathy" **** (BBC Music Magazine)

    "It would be difficult to praise the performances too highly" ***** (Choir and Organ)

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  • “An entrancing aural kaleidoscope,...
    which beguiles with its ravishing combination of the ethereal and the profound" (Radio 3 broadcaster, Jeremy Summerly)

    "The singing is among the finest you’ll hear from a chamber choir" (Radio WRST, University of Wisconsin)

    "A very enterprising selection...the choir make a light, fresh sound and sing with enthusiasm and commitment...the music is well performed and well recorded"
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  • Recordings

    It would be difficult to praise the performances too highly (Choir and Organ)

    Highly attractive...hugely enjoyable" (Time Out)

    Robust yet tonally refined performances ***** (BBC Music Magazine)

    Sam Laughton's Elysian Singers perform here with captivating intensity ***** (Classic FM)

    Subtle, disciplined, radiant (Gramophone)

    The Elysian Singers perform this often difficult work with clarity, precision and emotional punch (American Record Guide)

    Exquisitely sung with full-bodied, lively tone ***** (Classic CD)

    Magnificent (Church Times)

  • Media

    The female voices of the Elysian Singers contributed to a magical serenity descending over the [Albert] hall during Neptune, and when considered alongside the evening’s earlier strengths, helped to register this show as an undoubted early highlight of this year’s [Prom] festival (Music OMH, July 2015)

    A profound otherworldliness was initiated by the entry of the Elysian Singers, the off-stage female chorus seeming to sing from a distant planet, far beyond earthly realms (Seen and Heard International, July 2015)

    In the posthumous premiere of Sir John Tavener's Monument to Beethoven, [John] Scott's organ interjections brought visionary breadth to the Elysian Singers' luminous tapestry (The Times, March 2014)

    Amongst chamber choirs they’re one of the best (Sir John Tavener, BBC TV interview)

    The classy Elysian Singers (Howard Goodall on Twitter, November 2013)

    That superb choir (John Woolrich, Radio 3)

    The excellent Elysian Singers directed by Sam Laughton (Classical Source, reviewing our 2014 Festival Hall concert)

    Ambitious, well executed and strangely compelling (Simon Jack, reviewing Open Outcry on Radio 4)

    Excellently performed by the Elysian Singers under Sam Laughton (Keith Potter, The Independent)

    A persuasive ensemble, excellently attuned to this repertory (The York Press)

    “The Elysian Singers came up trumps…luminously soft and uniform” (David Ardatti review)

  • Feedback

    Heard you sing last Sunday in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Wow! (especially the Kodaly). Thanks, come again soon (S&MG, Dublin)

    I was moved, not just by the music, but also by the creativity of humankind, continually sharing new ways of contemplating life, and by the discipline of ordinary people who work hard and unpaid to interpret this beauty and emotion to others (York blog)

    Last night's concert was wonderful--and the links between these two great composers intriguing. Many thanks indeed (PE, Oxford)

    Heard your Gallant Weaver recording played on Radio 3 this morning - beautiful! It made my day 🙂 Gordon (e-mail address supplied)

    There were so many bits I loved. But most of all you looked, as a choir, like you were actually enjoying yourselves. Your encore made me cry for some reason – I think sitting there for a couple of hours was perfect therapy in the run up to Christmas – it made me want to run home and stick the girls’ stockings up and scatter cinnamon around the house (TM, London)

    Your CD of Sir Granville Bantock's music arrived today - what treasures it contains. As someone who has enjoyed singing in choirs for many years, I found this recording very special. Congratulations to all concerned!! (BL, Hobart, Tasmania)

    I just wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying the new album. The choir sounds fabulous throughout. Congratulations! Please pass along my gratitude to your excellent singers (JL, USA)

    The closest I’ve come to a spiritual experience for a very long time... (DF, Streatham, after hearing the choir perform James Macmillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross)

    You made such a lovely sound this morning. Ave regina coelorum was exquisite - quite the loveliest thing I've heard for a long time (J P-B, Salisbury, 2011)

    We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful singing, which totally exceeded our expectations. We feel very privileged. I particularly loved the descant - it was a moment I will always remember (N&T wedding, April 2013)

    The Elysian Singers truly live up to their name; there is something heavenly about their singing...For the duration of [Peter Maxwell Davies’ Solstice of Light], I felt washed clean by its words and its music, taken out of the clutter and complications of London life. (JB, London blog, Feb 2014)


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