Singcircle

“…the performance was neckbreakingly brilliant.”
‘Sirp’, Tallinn, Estonia

Singcircle is regarded as one of the leading exponents of contemporary vocal music. The ensemble has performed in major international festivals, made many radio and television appearances, and released highly acclaimed commercial recordings on the Hyperion, Wergo, Continuum, October and Dacapo labels.

Founded by Gregory Rose in 1976, the basic ensemble consists of four amplified vocalists with sound design, and has established a reputation for performing premières and commissioning new works. Singcircle has performed twice at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London, in 1978 with Stockhausen’s Stimmung, a piece with which it has become closely identified, and in September 1989 in a performance of Alejandro Viñao’s Son Entero. Their extensive repertoire also includes works by Luciano Berio, John Cage, Jonathan Harvey, Steve Reich and Stephen Montague, whose Tigida Pipa was released on CD. Singcircle has performed Stimmung over fifty times, and the CD of the work has sold all over the world.

Singcircle has frequently toured, both in Britain and overseas. This includes a tour of Norway in 1990 which culminated in an appearance at the ISCM Festival in Oslo. The ensemble has performed in recent years at festivals in Linz, Karlsruhe, Turku (Finland), the 1991 Warsaw Autumn Festival, the 1992 computer music “Nemo” Festival in Aarhus, and the “NYYD ’92″ contemporary music festival in Tallinn and Tartu (Estonia). An appearance at the Sonorities Festival in Belfast attracted the following notice: “Singcircle showed that they are fine musicians who can mesmerise and excite their audience by turn…The ensemble, directed strongly and unobtrusively by Gregory Rose, showed what an exciting medium this can be.” News Letter, Belfast

“…formidable skill…the performances are surely as fine as can be imagined.” Fanfare, USA

“The variety of timbres created by the quite extraordinary virtuosic group Singcircle is astonishing.”
Good Compact Disc Guide (1989)