A look back over recordings

Oh dear, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. Oops.

My only excuse is that we haven’t been on tour for the past few Fridays, and with the rushing around at home that three children necessitates I’m afraid the timing just hasn’t worked out. Well, that’s a slight untruth: two days ago Johnny and I were at Royal Ascot, but a man’s got to put on a top hat occasionally, hasn’t he? It was a fun day out.

What’s happened since last we spoke? Well, we found ourselves working in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, preparing for our Palestrina recording (which has now happened) and enjoying the chance to work amidst the beauty of our spiritual home. Using outside advice is extremely important to ensembles, no matter how experienced, and spending time with Dr David Skinner and Nigel Short, editor and producer respectively of the new album, was extremely valuable.

It’s the first time we’ve worked with Nigel in the box, and the experience was extremely enjoyable from start to finish. Because he sang in the group for seven years, he has a unique understanding of how we produce our sound and blend, and he used this experience to great effect last week. Allowing us to blossom and create tension through the beautiful polyphonic lines, yet retain the signature sound, he trod the tightrope well. We even finished early…. we can’t wait to hear the edits!


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