Philip Sawyers, Mayflower on The Sea of Time
World Première (NI6439)
April Fredrick, soprano
Thomas Humphreys, baritone
English Symphony Orchestra Chorus
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, Conductor
This recording captures the debut performance of the English Symphony Chorus. Assembled for this project, the group brings together some of the finest professional singers from across the UK. Ensemble members appear as part of elite groups such as The Sixteen, performers on the operatic stage, working as lay clerks at cathedrals across the UK, as well as working with leading orchestras and new music ensembles.
'All praise goes to the four very impressive soloists and the [English Symphony] Orchestra and chorus and not least to [Kenneth] Woods, whose commitment to Sawyers has enabled this music to reach a much wider audience, which it thoroughly deserves.'
Gary Higginson, British Music Society, 25 October 2023
'Attractive and tonally vibrant ... Strongly recommended.'
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, November 2023