Theatre of Voices Vocal Ensemble Various Countries

Theatre of Voices was founded in London in 1990 by early music icon Paul Hillier and is counted among the world’s finest vocal ensembles. The group’s first concerts in Berlin and London featured new works by Arvo Pärt as well as by John Cage. After twelve flourishing years in USA performing right across North America and making various European tours, Hillier moved back to Europe in 2003 and the group has been based in Copenhagen. In 2010—the group’s 20th anniversary year—Theatre of Voices received a Grammy Award for David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.

Its main focus nowadays is on new music, though very often interwoven with various kinds of early music, reflecting Hillier’s lifelong devotion to these two ends of the musical spectrum. Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices have enjoyed close collaborations with numerous composers: Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Cage, Ingram Marshall, John Adams, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Heiner Goebbels, Kaija Saariaho, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Helena Tulve, Sunleif Rasmussen, Jóhann Jóhannsson and many more.
An intense artistic partnership ties the group with Concerto Copenhagen, Kronos Quartett, Meta4 String Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Michala Petri, Fretwork, Phantasm, Peter Langars, Pablo Ortiz among others.

The ensemble performs at prominent international festivals and major venues such as Edinburgh, Berlin Musikfest, Potsdam, Hong Kong, Bergen, Prague Dvorak, Ravenna, Schwäbisch Gmünd, RheinVokal and New Vision Festival Hong Kong as well as Carnegie Hall New York, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Barbican and King’s Place London, Royal Opera Kopenhagen and enjoys also special projects e.g. with art of installation. Theatre of Voices sung Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains in Paris, Madrid and New York. The ensemble were also soloists with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música, BBC Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Since 2021 Theatre of Voices promotes its own festival of three days in Holbaek, Denmark.

Further ahead the ensemble appears at Schütz Musikfest Dresden, Flagey Brüssel, Groningen de Oosterpoort, Estonian Concert Hall Tallinn, Brucknerhaus Linz, Festival International de Musiques Sacrées.

The discography of Theatre of Voices includes numerous albums for harmonia mundi, including the highly praised recording Creator Spiritus with chamber music works by Arvo Pärt, The Christmas Story based on the traditional Christmas service Nine Lessons and Carols, Stockhausen’s Stimmung, works by Luciano Berio and other contemporary composers (Stories) and Cries of London (English renaissance music) and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.
Dacapo Records has released Buxtehude’s Scandinavian Cantatas as well as works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen based on Song in Dowland's Lacrimae.
Deutsche Grammophon featured five albums with works by Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, lately Drone Mass together with the ACME Ensemble.

Theatre of Voices has also moved into the film world. Tracks from more than thirty CD recordings are used on movie soundtracks such as La Grande Bellezza and Arrival, and the ensemble has worked on film projects with Danish documentarist Phie Amboe and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Theatre of Voices is sponsored by the Danish Arts Foundation and Augustinus Foundation.
 

Season 2023/24

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News

Paul Hillier: Geburtstagskonzert in Kopenhagen

Anläßlich des 75. Geburtstages von Paul Hillier gibt Theatre of Voices unter seinem Gründer am 9. Februar 2024 ein Konzert in Kopenhagen. Auf dem Programm stehen Werke von Giovanni Gabrieli, Adrian Willaert und Claudio Monteverdi. Happy Birthday, Paul!

Paul Hillier: Birthday concert in Copenhagen

At the occasion of Paul Hillier's 75th birthday Theatre of Voices performs a concert in Copenhagen on 9 February 2024 under his direction. The programme features A capella music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Adrian Willaert and Claudio Monteverdi. Happy Birthday, Paul!

Theatre of Voices: Christmas concerts in Copenhagen+Stenlose

Paul Hillier und Theatre of Voices präsentieren zwei Weihnachtskonzerte in Stenlose und Kopenhagen am 14./15. Dezember mit A cappella Musik von Duarte Lobo, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dietrich Buxtehude und internationalen Weihnachtsliedern.

Theatre of Voices: Christmas concerts in Copenhagen+Stenlose

Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices present two Christmas concerts in Stenlose and Copenhagen on 14/15 December with A cappella music by Duarte Lobo, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dietrich Buxtehude and international christmas carols.

Theatre of Voices in Helsinki & Tallinn

Am 16. und 17. Oktober 2023 sind Theatre of Voices & ACME Ensemble unter der Leitung von Paul Hillier mit Jóhann Jóhannsson: Drone Mass in Helsinki und Tallinn zu erleben.

Theatre of Voices in Helsinki & Tallinn

Theatre of Voices & ACME Ensemble perform Jóhann Jóhannsson: Drone Mass in Helsinki und Tallinn on 16 and 17 October 2023 under the direction of Paul Hillier.

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier in Brüssel

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier sind bei den Flagey Choir Days in Brüssel am 14. Oktober 2023 mit David Lang: Little Match Girl Passion und "Songs of the Earth" zu erleben.

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier in Brussels

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier perform within Flagey Choir Days in Brussels on 14 October 2023 David Lang: Little Match Girl Passion and "Songs of the Earth".

Theatre of Voices in Dresden

Am 9. Oktober 2023 ist Theatre of Voices in Dresden im Rahmen des Heinrich Schütz Musikfests mit Werken von Janequin, Schütz, Pärt, Praetorius, Wilbye und Rehnqvist zu erleben.

Theatre of Voices in Dresden

Theatre of Voices is to be heard in Dresden within the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest on 9 October 2023 with music by Janequin, Schütz, Pärt, Praetorius, Wilbye and Rehnqvist.

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: Uraufführung Bernd Franke

Am 20.05.2023 ist Theatre of Voices und Paul Hillier mit Bernd Franke: Behind me – dips Eternity (UA), John Cage:Ryoanji in Bad Reichenhall zu erleben.

 

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: World premiere of Bernd Franke

Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier perform the world premiere of Bernd Franke: Behind me – dips Eternity and John Cage:Ryoanji in Bad Reichenhall on 20 May 2023.

 

Theatre of Voices bei Santa Cecilia in Roma

Theatre of Voices ist am 09./10./11.03.2023 mit Berio: Sinfonia mit dem Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di

Santa Cecilia in Roma und einem Rezital am 12.03. mit dem Programm Songs of the Earth mit Werken von Rehnqvist, Janequin, Bird, Gibbons, Monteverdi, Taverner, Pärt und Wilbye zu erleben.

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Theatre of Voices at Santa Cecilia in Roma

Theatre of Voices is performing Berio: Sinfonia with Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di

Santa Cecilia in Roma on 09./10./11.03.2023 as well as a recital on 12.03. featuring the programme Songs of the Earth with music by Rehnqvist, Janequin, Bird, Gibbons, Monteverdi, Taverner, Pärt and Wilbye.

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Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier beim Nargen Festival

Theatre of Voices und Paul Hillier sind beim Nargen Festival Estland mit zwei Konzerten am 06.09.2022 in Tallinn und 07.09.2022 in Kuressaare zu Gast. Zu hören ist das neue  A cappella Programm The Birds and the Bees mit Werken von Byrd, Pärt, Mouton, Janequin, Monteverdi, Gibbons, Taverner und Wilbye.

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier at Nargen Festival

Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier perform two concerts at Nargen Festival Estonia in Tallinn and Kuressaare on 6 and 7 September 2022 presenting their new programme The Birds and the Bees with A cappella music by Byrd, Pärt, Mouton, Janequin, Monteverdi, Gibbons, Taverner and Wilbye.

Theatre of Voices Festival in Holbaek

Theatre of Voices und Paul Hillier veranstalten vom 29.-31. Juli 2022 das zweite eigene Festival im dänischen Holbaek. Zu hören sind vier Programme mit Musik von Purcell, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Weyse, Kuhlau, Haydn, Osborne, Goebbels, Gibbons, Wilbye, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Janequin, Monteverdi, Taverner und Mouton.

Theatre of Voices Festival in Holbaek

Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier present their second festival in Holbaek, Denmark from 29-31 July 2022. The four programmes feature music by Purcell, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Weyse, Kuhlau, Haydn, Osborne, Goebbels, Gibbons, Wilbye, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Janequin, Monteverdi, Taverner und Mouton.

Theatre of Voices nominated for Nordic Council Music Prize 2021

Theatre of Voices is nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize as ensemble from Denmark. The winner is to be announced on 2 November.

Theatre of Voices: Festival in Dänemark

Theatre of Voices ist erstmals mit seinem eigenen Festival in sieben Konzerten am 30.07. in Holbaek, 31.07. in Horbygaard Gods, Havestuen und Horby sowie am 01.08. in Lovenborg zu erleben.


Zu hören sind Italian Baroque & English Songs, Musik von Arvo Pärt zum Film 'Songs from the Soil', C.E.F. Weyse & Englische Gesänge von Jonathan Battishill und John Wall Callcott, New American Music & Arvo Pärt sowie H.C. Andersen in music & Englische Rundgesänge & Romantische Gesänge.

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Theatre of Voices: Festival in Denmark

Theatre of Voices is presenting its own festival in Holbaek on 30 July, Horbygaard Gods, Havestuen and Horby on 31 July and in Lovenborg on 1 August.


The seven concerts will feature Italian Baroque & English Songs, music by Arvo Pärt to the film 'Songs from the Soil', C.E.F. Weyse & English Partsongs by Jonathan Battishill and John Wall Callcott, New American Music & Arvo Pärt as well as H.C. Andersen in music & English Partsongs & Romantic Songs.

 

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Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: climate protection programme

Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier (quintet formation) present their new Nordic programme related to climate protection in Holbaek, Denmark on 17 September featuring music by Arnnanguaq Gerstrøm, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sunleif Rasmussen and Galina Grigorjeva.

Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: Klimaschutz Programm

Am 17. September präsentiert Theatre of Voices und Paul Hillier sein neues nordisches Programm rund um den Klimaschutz. Zu hören sind Werke von Arnnanguaq

Gerstrøm, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sunleif Rasmussen und Galina Grigorjeva in Quintettbesetzung in Hoelbaek, Dänemark.

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Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: Copenhagen concert

Listen to the broadcast of Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier's concert from Copenhagen featuring music by William Byrd, Michael Gordon and Alfonso Ferrabosco (90

minutes podcast available until 24 June 2021): <link https: www.dr.dk radio p2 p2-koncerten _blank>

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Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier: Kopenhagen Konzert

Hören Sie den Mitschnitt eines Konzertes von Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier in Kopenhagen mit Werken von William Byrd, Michael Gordon und Alfonso Ferrabosco (90

Minuten Podcast bis 24.06.2021 verfügbar):<link https: www.dr.dk radio p2 p2-koncerten> www.dr.dk/radio/p2/p2-koncerten

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Programmes

PROGRAMME 2023-2025

Songs of the Earth (60 Min ohne Pause)

Karen Rehnqvist: Songs of the Earth I

Heinrich Schütz: O primavera, gioventù de l’anno
Heinrich Schütz: Fuggi o mio core
Heinrich Schütz: Selig sind die Toten
Michael Praetorius: Ecce Dominus
Arvo Pärt: Summa
Arvo Pärt: Two Slavonic Psalms
Arvo Pärt: Habitare fratres in unum
John Wilbye: Draw on sweet night            
John Wilbye: Sweet honey-sucking bees
Orlando Gibbons: What is our life

Karen Rehnqvist Songs of the Earth II
Songs of the Earth (mit Pause)
Karen Rehnqvist: Songs of the Earth I

Heinrich Schütz: O primavera, gioventù de l’anno
Heinrich Schütz: Fuggi o mio core
Heinrich Schütz: Selig sind die Toten
Michael Praetorius: Ecce Dominus
Arvo Pärt: Summa
Arvo Pärt: Two Slavonic Psalms
Arvo Pärt: Habitare fratres in unum
Adrian Willaert: Veni sancte spiritus
*

Claudio Monteverdi : Sestina: Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro
John Wilbye: Draw on sweet night            
John Wilbye: Sweet honey-sucking bees
Orlando Gibbons: What is our life

Karen Rehnqvist : Songs of the Earth II

Singing Stories And Telling Songs

Luciano Berio     A – Ronne

Line Tjørnhøj: neues Werk

oder

N.N.

Michael Gordon : A Western

Judith Weir & Heiner Goebbels (60 Minuten)

Judith Weir: Harald's Saga

Heiner Goebbels: Worstward

Programmes 2023/24

Dowland | Goebbels

John Dowland’s ‘Seven Lacrimæ Variations’, arranged by Paul Hillier with 17th & 20th century texts for singers; interspersed with songs from Shakespeare’s plays. After the intermission: a semi-staged performance of Heiner Goebbels Worstward Ho, text: Samuel Beckett.

Dowland: Lachrimæ Antiquæ: Flow my tears (Dowland)
Prologue
Dowland: Lachrimæ Antiquæ Novæ: Time and the bell (T.S. Eliot)
Song
Dowland: Lachrimæ Gementes: Do not go gentle (Dylan Thomas)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Tristes: Ev’n such is time/What is our life (Walter Raleigh)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Coactae: Many men are melancholy (Thomas Burton)
Song
Dowland: Lachrimæ Amantis: My God I heard this day (George Herbert)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Veræ: The dove descending (T. S. Eliot)
Epilogue
***
Heiner Goebbels: Worstward Ho (text: Samuel Beckett)

Cast: SATTB
artistic leader: Paul Hillier
 

Song Recital

Hugo Wolf: Geistliche Lieder I-III
Franz Schubert: Vocal quartets and quintets
Hugo Wolf: Geistliche Lieder IV-VI
Johannes Brahms: 5 Gesänge op. 104

Cast: 8 singer + Paul Hillier (conductor)
 

Programme with Lute

Songs by John Dowland and composers of that period (Robert Jones and Thomas Campion)
Theme: Love and Nature

Cast: SAB + lute

SCHÜTZ programmes

Three programmes cover the beginning, middle and end of Schütz’s long life.

Musikalisches Exequien (1636)

Claudio Monteverdi, Confitebor tibi Domine
Heinrich Schütz, Exequien, I. Concert in Form einer Deutschen Begräbnis-Missa "Nacket bin ich von Mutterleibe kommen"
David Fennessy, I came naked from the womb (2 Stücke über Schütz I)
Heinrich Schütz, Exequien, II. Motette "Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe"
David Fennessy, In Frieden (2 Stücke über Schütz II)
Heinrich Heinrich Schüt, z Exequien III. Canticum B. Simeonis "Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren" Claudio Monteverdi, Magnificat a 6 voci
Cast:
1st part: 6 voices SSATTB
2nd part: 4 voices SATB
3rd part: 5 voices SATTB with 3 solo voices as remote choir with Basso continuo

Madrigals (Venice 1611) & Sacred Music (1648)

Cast: Vocal sextet SSATTB and theorbo

Schwanengesang (1671)

(composer's last cycle)
Cast:
Vocal octet: 2x SATB
Continuo: chamber organ, violone, theorbo
 

The Birds and the Bees (60')

Jean Mouton: Ave Maria - Virgo serena
Clément Janequin: Chant des Oiseaux
Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina - Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata (a lament, in six sections, on the death of a nymph)
[intermission - optional]
Orlando Gibbons: Cries of London: Day 1
John Taverner: Prayer
Orlando Gibbons: Cries of London: Day 2
Orlando Gibbons: Now each flowery bank of May
John Wilbye: Sweet honey-sucking bees
John Wilbye: Draw on sweet night

Setting: 6 voices, with or without Paul Hillier
Description: Music from England, France & Italy – featuring Monteverdi’s madrigal cycle Sestina - Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata; motets by Alessandro Scarlatti, Jean Mouton and John Blow: street cries by Gibbons; birdsong by Janequin; and madrigals by Orlando Gibbons and John Wilbye.

New York & Reykjavik

Michael Gordon: A Western
Caroline Shaw: and the swallow
Steve Reich: Know what is above you
Julia Wolfe: Guard my tongue
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Heyr thú oss himnum á
Johann Johannssen: Orphic Hymn
David Lang: Songs:
forbidden subjects
I want to live
head, heart
The wood and the vine

Setting: 8 voices and Paul Hillier

Description: A rich representation of New York’s finest!

  Arvo Pärt Tintinnabuli

My heart’s in the highlands
Summa
Trivium
Most Holy Mother of God
An den Wassern
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Berliner Messe Setting: 6 voices, with or without Paul Hillier
Description: The Berliner Messe was originally composed for satb quartet and organ and premiered by Theatre of Voices in Berlin in May 1990. (n.b. The organ needs to be a full organ with pedals, whether ‘real’ or electronic). About 1 hour of music. It is best to have a short intermission before the Messe.

Programmes 2022/23 with Paul Hillier

 

No Man is An Island

 

Music of the early 17th century with works by John Donne, John Dowland: 7 Lacrimae variations with texts by Paul Hillier, Orlando Gibbons: The First Set of madrigals and motets (1612) and solo songs and duets
 

A Western

Music by David Lang
Michael Gordon: A Western
A set of Tudor music by Taverner, Tallis and Byrd
Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London
 

Music for a Sound-House (Music from Tudor London and contemporary New York)

Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London  I
John Taverner: In nomine
Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London  II
Michael Gordon: A Western
David Lang: Solitary (Version for 8 singers tbc)
William Byrd: Pavan and Galliard, In nomine I
Julia Wolfe: Guard my tongue
William Byrd: Fantasy II à 6 (or Tristitia et anxietas)
David Lang: Again one liturgy
 

William Byrd: Sacred Songs

 

A sequence of eight sacred songs, drawn from Byrd’s 1589 set of Cantiones Sacrae.
Defecit in dolore
Tristitia et anxietas
Deus venerunt gentes
Vigilate
In resurrectione tua
Ne irascaris
O quam gloriosum
Laetantur coeli
 

Arvo Pärt: Portrait concert

Part 1: Church music
Part 2: Chamber music
Part 3: Night music (N.N. string quartet)
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ
 

The Little Match Girl Passion

David Lang: The little match girl passion, on texts by H.C. Andersen, H.P. Paull, Picander and St. Matthias
 

love.fail

„Robin and Marion – the archetypal French love couple“
Collage by Paul Hillier of medieval songs of the musical comedy  „Jeu de Robin et Marion“ by Adam de la Halle (from around 1235 –  to around 1288) and of secular motets of unknown composers of 13th century arranged by Paul Hillier
David Lang: „love, fail” for four female voices and percussion
 

ear for EAR

John Cage: ear for EAR
Bernd Franke: Rilke-Madrigale
Arvo Pärt: I am the true vine
Guillaume Dufay: Gloria ad modem tubae (arr. Paul Hillier)
Guillaume de Machaut: Veni creator spiritus/Christe qui lux es
Heiner Goebbels: The Excursion into the Mountains (Kafka)
Michael Gordon: A Western
anon. 13th century: Alleluia Hockets (arr. Paul Hillier)
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphic Hymn
Steve Reich / Paul Hillier: Clapping Music (vocal arr. By Paul Hillier)
 

In dulci jubilo

(with instrumental ensemble) Johann Christian Bach: Merk auf mein Herz
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ab Oriente
Christian Geist: Pastores dicite
Dietrich Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kindelein
Dietrich Buxtehude: Jesu dulcis memoria (ciacona)
Dietrich Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo
Franz Tunder: Ein kleines Kindelein
Christian Geist: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Dietrich Buxtehude: Fürchtet Euch nicht
Matthias Weckmann: Rex virtutum
Dietrich Buxtehude: Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland
Dietrich Buxtehude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Programmes 2022/23 without Paul Hillier

 

Stimmung

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung
Copenhagen version (2006)
 

Ryoanji

John Cage: Ryoanji
(mixed piece for singers and instrumentalists)
 

In dulci jubilo

 

(version for small formation)  

Programme 2023/24

Dowland | Goebbels

John Dowland’s ‘Seven Lacrimæ Variations’, arranged by Paul Hillier with 17th & 20th century texts for singers; interspersed with songs from Shakespeare’s plays. After the intermission: a semi-staged performance of Heiner Goebbels Worstward Ho, text: Samuel Beckett.

Dowland: Lachrimæ Antiquæ: Flow my tears (Dowland)
Prologue
Dowland: Lachrimæ Antiquæ Novæ: Time and the bell (T.S. Eliot)
Song
Dowland: Lachrimæ Gementes: Do not go gentle (Dylan Thomas)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Tristes: Ev’n such is time/What is our life (Walter Raleigh)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Coactae: Many men are melancholy (Thomas Burton)
Song
Dowland: Lachrimæ Amantis: My God I heard this day (George Herbert)
Dowland: Lachrimæ Veræ: The dove descending (T. S. Eliot)
Epilogue
***
Heiner Goebbels: Worstward Ho (text: Samuel Beckett)

Cast: SATTB
artistic leader: Paul Hillier
 

Song Recital

Hugo Wolf: Geistliche Lieder I-III
Franz Schubert: Vocal quartets and quintets
Hugo Wolf: Geistliche Lieder IV-VI
Johannes Brahms: 5 Gesänge op. 104

Cast: 8 singer + Paul Hillier (conductor)
 

Programme with Lute

Songs by John Dowland and composers of that period (Robert Jones and Thomas Campion)
Theme: Love and Nature

Cast: SAB + lute
 

The Birds and the Bees (60')

Jean Mouton: Ave Maria - Virgo serena
Clément Janequin: Chant des Oiseaux
Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina - Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata (a lament, in six sections, on the death of a nymph)
[intermission - optional]
Orlando Gibbons: Cries of London: Day 1
John Taverner: Prayer
Orlando Gibbons: Cries of London: Day 2
Orlando Gibbons: Now each flowery bank of May
John Wilbye: Sweet honey-sucking bees
John Wilbye: Draw on sweet night

Setting: 6 voices, with or without Paul Hillier
Description: Music from England, France & Italy – featuring Monteverdi’s madrigal cycle Sestina - Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata; motets by Alessandro Scarlatti, Jean Mouton and John Blow: street cries by Gibbons; birdsong by Janequin; and madrigals by Orlando Gibbons and John Wilbye.


New York & Reykjavik

Michael Gordon: A Western
Caroline Shaw: and the swallow
Steve Reich: Know what is above you
Julia Wolfe: Guard my tongue
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Heyr thú oss himnum á
Johann Johannssen: Orphic Hymn
David Lang: Songs:
forbidden subjects
I want to live
head, heart
The wood and the vine

Setting: 8 voices and Paul Hillier
Description: A rich representation of New York’s finest!

 

Arvo Pärt Tintinnabuli

My heart’s in the highlands
Summa
Trivium
Most Holy Mother of God
An den Wassern
*
Berliner Messe
Setting: 6 voices, with or without Paul Hillier
Description: The Berliner Messe was originally composed for satb quartet and organ and premiered by Theatre of Voices in Berlin in May 1990. (n.b. The organ needs to be a full organ with pedals, whether ‘real’ or electronic). About 1 hour of music. It is best to have a short intermission before the Messe.
 

SCHÜTZ programmes

Three programmes cover the beginning, middle and end of Schütz’s long life.

Programme 2022/23 mit Paul Hillier

 

No Man is An Island

 

Musik aus dem frühen 17. Jahrhundert mit Werken von John Donne, John Dowland: 7 Lacrimae Variationen mit Texten von Paul Hillier, Orlando Gibbons: Buch der Madrigale und Motetten (1612) sowie Solo Lieder und Duette

 

A Western

Music by David Lang
Michael Gordon: A Western
Diverse Tudor Werke von Taverner, Tallis and Byrd
Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London
 

Music for a Sound-House (Music from Tudor London and contemporary New York)

Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London  I
John Taverner: In nomine
Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London  II
Michael Gordon: A Western
David Lang: Solitary (Version for 8 singers tbc)
William Byrd: Pavan and Galliard, In nomine I
Julia Wolfe: Guard my tongue
William Byrd: Fantasy II à 6 (or Tristitia et anxietas)
David Lang: Again one liturgy
 

William Byrd: Sacred Songs

A sequence of eight sacred songs, drawn from Byrd’s 1589 set of Cantiones Sacrae.
Defecit in dolore
Tristitia et anxietas
Deus venerunt gentes
Vigilate
In resurrectione tua
Ne irascaris
O quam gloriosum
Laetantur coeli
 

Arvo Pärt: Portraitkonzert

Teil 1: Kirchenmusik
Teil 2: Kammermusik
Teil 3: Nachtmusik N.N. Streichquartett
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Orgel
 

The Little Match Girl Passion

David Lang: The little match girl passion, nach Texten von H.C. Andersen, H.P. Paull, Picander und St. Matthias
 

love.fail

„Robin und Marion – das archetypische französische Liebespaar“
Collage von Paul Hillier aus mittelalterlichen Liedern nach dem Singspiel „Jeu de Robin et Marion“ von Adam de la Halle (um 1235 – um 1288) und aus weltlichen Motetten unbekannter Komponisten des 13. Jahrhunderts in der Bearbeitung von Paul Hillier
David Lang: „love, fail” für vier Frauenstimmen und Percussion
 

ear for EAR

John Cage: ear for EAR
Bernd Franke: Rilke-Madrigale
Arvo Pärt: I am the true vine
Guillaume Dufay: Gloria ad modem tubae (arr. Paul Hillier)
Guillaume de Machaut: Veni creator spiritus/Christe qui lux es
Heiner Goebbels: The Excursion into the Mountains (Kafka)
Michael Gordon: A Western
anon. 13th century: Alleluia Hockets (arr. Paul Hillier)
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphic Hymn
Steve Reich / Paul Hillier: Clapping Music (vocal arr. By Paul Hillier)
 

In dulci jubilo

(mit Instrumentalensemble) Johann Christian Bach: Merk auf mein Herz
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ab Oriente
Christian Geist: Pastores dicite
Dietrich Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kindelein
Dietrich Buxtehude: Jesu dulcis memoria (ciacona)
Dietrich Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo
Franz Tunder: Ein kleines Kindelein
Christian Geist: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Dietrich Buxtehude: Fürchtet Euch nicht
Matthias Weckmann: Rex virtutum
Dietrich Buxtehude: Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland
Dietrich Buxtehude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Programme 2022/23 ohne Paul Hillier

 

Stimmung

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung
Kopenhagener Version (2006)
 

Ryoanji

John Cage: Ryoanji
(gemischtes Werk für Sänger und Instrumentalisten)
 

In dulci jubilo

 

(Fassung für kleine Besetzung)  

Discography

Drone Mass

Jóhann Jóhannsson
ACME / Theatre of Voices / Paul Hillier
(Deutsche Grammophon 2022)

Last and First Men

Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman
Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier are featured on multiple tracks throughout the album.
(Deutsche Grammophon 2020)

Mary Magdalena

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Theatre of Voices
Score music for the motion picture "Mary Magdalene".
Theatre of Voices is featured on various tracks.
(Milan Records 2018)

Englabörn & Variations

A double CD, featuring Jóhann Jöhannsson's remastering (CD 1) and new interpretations (CD 2) of Englabörn, recorded and released in 2002.
(Deutsche Grammophon 2018)

In Dulci Jubilo

Music for the Christmas season by Buxtehude and friends
Paul Hillier
Theatre of Voices
Dacapo records (2017)

Buxtehude and his Circle

Works by Buxtehude, Bruhns, Tunder, etc.
Paul Hillier
Theatre of Voices
Dacapo records (2016)

Galina Grigorjeva: Nature Morte

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, YXUS Quartet
Paul Hillier (conductor)
ONDINE (2016)

Mixed Company

Works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
London Sinfonietta
Live recording London
Dacapo records (2014)

Arvo Pärt - Creator Spiritus Werke von Arvo Pärt
Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
NYYD Quartet
harmonia mundi usa (2012)
The Christmas Story Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier
harmonia mundi (2011)
Stories - Berio and Friends Berio "A-Ronne", Cage "Story", Berberian "Stripsody" i.a.
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier
harmonia mundi usa (2011)
David Lang: the little match girl passion Theatre of Voice, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
harmonia mundi usa (2009)
Grammy Award
Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier
Dacapo records (2010)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier (conductor)
harmonia mundi usa (2007)
The Cries of London Songs by Gibbons, Weelkes, Dering, East, Ravenscroft
Theatre of Voices, Fretwork, Paul Hillier
harmonia mundi usa (2006)
John Cage: Litany for the Whale Theatre of Voices
Terry Riley (arrangement)
Paul Hillier (conductor)
harmonia mundi (2002)
Arvo Pärt - I am the True Vine Theatre of Voices, The Pro Arte Singers, Paul Hillier
Berliner Messe and other works
harmonia mundi usa (2000)
Arvo Pärt - De Profundis Missa Sillabica
Seven Magnificat Antiphones
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
harmonia mundi usa (1996)

Repertoire

Berio, Luciano With orchestra:
Sinfonia for eight voices and orchestra
Pärt, Arvo With Choir and Orchestra:
Litany for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra
Miserere for soloists, mixed choir, ensemble and organ With choir:
Passio for soloists, mixed choir, quartet and organ