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Tudor Choir 2006
 
"The choir impresses with its ability to get to the very essence of each song, whether the mood is ecstatic or contemplative. This is a choir that is thinking about the words being sung, and their performances are wonderfully honest and unaffected. I want to hear much more from them in the future. Shapenote music, Shaker songs, Sheppard, Tallis, and Victoria. This is a choir to watch."
--Fanfare
 

Hailed as "a superb choir" (Gramophone, Nov, 2005), the Tudor Choir and its director Doug Fullington are receiving increasing national and international attention as interpreters of both Renaissance polyphony and early American music. Founded in 1993, the Seattle-based professional vocal chamber ensemble comprises 12 core singers, but can expand to up to 40 members for works such as Thomas Tallis' monumental Spem in alium.

The Tudor Choir has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, including concert appearances in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, Oregon. The choir presents an annual subscription series in the Seattle area, where it is both an Artist-in-Residence at St. Mark's Cathedral and a Resident Ensemble at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina. The Tudor Choir has collaborated numerous times with Seattle Baroque Orchestra and appeared on the Early Music Guild's International Series. The choir has also performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Mark Morris Dance Group and in conjunction with Seattle Opera. The choir has recorded for Seattle Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking series and performed live on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion broadcast.

The Tudor Choir has cultivated relationships with a number of world-renowned conductors and especially with Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Phillips has conducted the choir in a number of performances, including a joint performance with members of the Tallis Scholars for the opening of the 2005 Tallis Scholars Summer School in Seattle, co-hosted by the Tudor Choir. The choir has also sung under the direction of Stephen Cleobury (King's College, Cambridge), Martin Haselböck (Vienna), Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble, Theatre of Voices) and Andrew Parrott (Taverner Choir).

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Gentle - Words Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington The Shapenote Album - Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington Clemens non Papa: Requiem and Motets - Tudor Choir - Douglas Fullington
Gentle Words/Tudor Choir
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The Shapenote Album/Tudor Choir
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Clemens: Requiem & Motets/Tudor Choir
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Shaker music is one of the richest bodies of folksong in American history and Kevin Siegfried's arrangements follow Shaker aesthetics of beauty, simplicity and utility. Sung by The Tudor Choir, this recording incorporates a variety of original choral arrangements, including unison singing and antiphonal performances.  One of the staff's favorite CDs... Using a high-energy, vibrato-less singing style, the Tudor Choir creates a choral sound that is both unusual, yet entirely appropriate for these early American hymns. Works from the Sacred Harp and similar sources. Booklet contains full texts and commentary on each tune. The Tudor Choir adds to its critically acclaimed collection of recordings with this new CD of music by Renaissance composer Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1515-c.1555). Clemens composed in all of the expected genres of his time. Much of his music is infused with a personal quality that differs from the generally abstract nature of much Renaissance sacred music. The music on this disc is a survey of his Latin-texted sacred polyphony, including his intimate Requiem, plus a Magnificat setting and a sampling of motets. The pieces chosen for this recording reveal texts that portray such themes as relationships, family, and remembrance, and therefore demonstrate the unusual "personal" quality to be found in Clemens' works.
Simple Gifts: Tudor Choir, Doug Fullington, director
Simple Gifts/Tudor Choir/Doug Fullington, director
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A follow-up to their successful CD of Shaker tunes, “Gentle Words,” The Tudor Choir expands the repertoire to include other British and American music of simple character and enduring melody. “[The Tudor Choir’s] lovely shaping of phrases, impeccable intonation and unadorned, clean sound allow the words and music to become the Shaker “prayer language,” to free the mind from the world, to visit the soul.”—The Living Church
   
 
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