The New Company
The New Company chamber choir was formed in 1990 with members drawn from the best of London’s international chamber choirs. The choir appears in a number of guises: a small chamber ensemble of 12 for the renaissance repertoire; a choir of 30 for works of the baroque period; and as an opera chorus.
One distinctive feature of the choir is that it prefers the challenge and flexibility of working with a wide range of conductors. For that reason, the permanent element of the choir is the singers, rather than the conductor.
The choir’s repertoire is extremely varied ranging from Schubert songs, film music, the baroque and classical choral repertoire, to Brazilian folk songs and opera. Its opera performances include the first UK performances of Rossini’s Ermione with the OAE under Sir Mark Elder at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and the first UK performance of Mozart’s forgotten opera Der Stein der Weisen at London’s Hampstead Festival.
The choir made its Proms debut with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Frans Brüggen and was invited back to perform the first ever Proms performance of Handel’s Jephtha with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 1994 the choir made its Edinburgh International Festival debut to critical acclaim with two concerts, an a capella programme of Spanish renaissance music with Harry Bicket and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Charles Mackerras (from which this recording was made).
Recordings have included Schubert songs for Hyperion, Jane Eaglen singing Bellini under Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an a capella disc for Classic FM called Sacred Voices which includes Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in Alium.