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Sinfonye
Style of ensemble Vocal, Instrumental

Biography

Period: Medieval music (c1150-1400) but for special programmes Sinfonye may include newly composed music inspired by early music or setting medieval lyrics. As a female director, Stevie Wishart looks for repertories that women would have performed which has led to rediscovering hitherto unknown songs, and featuring music and texts composed, patronised or in the voice of women of the time.

Sinfonye takes it name from the medieval word for hurdy-gurdy, at the forefront of medieval music exploration it is regarded as seminal in its influence of a new generation of performers. It belongs to that distinguished roll of leading early music ensembles to have won the prestigious Festival of Flanders Early Music Prize at Bruges. Under the direction of its founder Stevie Wishart, it has made several recordings, among them the acclaimed Bella Donna and Gabriel's Greeting for Hyperion and three Hildegard CDs. It has per-formed in all the major festivals and concert venues throughout Europe and broadcast on all the main networks. Sinfonye made its BBC Proms début in 2011 on which Hilary Finch commented... [Sinfonye] conjure a dense and shimmering cloud of sound ... catching different harmonic lights and exposing hidden seams of metallic brilliance' The Times (August 2011, BBC PROMS).

Stevie Wishart is the founder/director but is also a composer inspired by early music, as in her "Out of This World" commissioned for the BBC Singers with Sinfonye (BBC Proms), a cantata "The Seasons" commis-sioned by the Ipswich Choral Society (premiered at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh), recent choral commissions for St Catharine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius, Cambridge, "Rough with the Smooth" - a Double Bass Concerto commissioned by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and her "Vespers for Hildegard" (performed in St Peter's Rome for the Vatican and in the York Minster for the York Early Music festival), which is their most recent CD release for Decca.



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Sample programme

Main contact name
Stevie Wishart

Postal address
352 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 8AZ

Members Names
Stevie Wishart: hurdy-gurdy, medieval fiddle, voice.
The ensemble depends on the repertory but includes:
Bill Taylor - harp, Jocelyn West, Clemmie Franks, Victoria Couper, & Emily Levy: voice.
Concerts range from solo, small ensemble, or occasionally as a larger group which can be collaboration with amateur choirs.

Telephone Number
+44 (0)7770 760 478

Email address
music@steviewishart.net

Website address
http://www.loganartsmanagement.com/sinfonye.html