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Choral Chihuahua is a new podcast series in which three British choral directors chat about things that matter to them: composers they love, points of choral technique, classic but also niche choral works, other groups and singers they admire. What is a tertiary shift and does it matter to anyone except Robert? Why was Harry first drawn to the music of James Macmillan? Can Eamonn explain why all singers should embrace their internal choral chihuahua? With a light-hearted touch, three stalwarts of the UK's hugely varied choral scene chew the choral cud about how (and why) you do it and what they've learnt along the way.
Choral Chihuahua is brought to you by I Fagiolini and The Sixteen and produced by Percius, The Sixteen and Polyphonic Films. It's supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and I Fagiolini Charitable Trust.
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CHORAL CHIHUAHU‪A‬ I Fagiolini / The Sixteen

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    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

Choral Chihuahua is a new podcast series in which three British choral directors chat about things that matter to them: composers they love, points of choral technique, classic but also niche choral works, other groups and singers they admire. What is a tertiary shift and does it matter to anyone except Robert? Why was Harry first drawn to the music of James Macmillan? Can Eamonn explain why all singers should embrace their internal choral chihuahua? With a light-hearted touch, three stalwarts of the UK's hugely varied choral scene chew the choral cud about how (and why) you do it and what they've learnt along the way.
Choral Chihuahua is brought to you by I Fagiolini and The Sixteen and produced by Percius, The Sixteen and Polyphonic Films. It's supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and I Fagiolini Charitable Trust.
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    Carolyn Sampson

    Carolyn Sampson

    No hyperbole required: simply meet one of the most fabulous sopranos around, and if you're not swayed by her semiquavers in the first minute of the programme, press button B and get your money back.
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    • 55 min
    RECORDING (Side B)

    RECORDING (Side B)

    The chat continues with some of the good things that recordings can enable - but how far should you go in embracing technology? With music by Luca Marenzio, Olivier Messiaen, Giovanni Gabrieli, Alessandro Striggio, Handel, Haydn, Adrian Williams.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    RECORDING (Side A)

    RECORDING (Side A)

    The non-intrepid trio discuss the how, the where and above all the why of recordings. Wouldn't we all be better off doing a concert?
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    • 51 min
    The one-to-a-part bug

    The one-to-a-part bug

    Regular hosts Robert and Eamonn with guest Clare Wilkinson talk about one-to-a-part singing, their top tracks and moments and why it's not just a small choir.
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    • 58 min
    Roderick Williams OBE

    Roderick Williams OBE

    Composer, opera and lieder singer, ex-Fagiolino, he fell into the choral cauldron when small.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    On Tour

    On Tour

    Harry, Robert and Eamonn chat about the highs and lows of touring, the food, the unforgettable onstage moments and 'the call of shame'.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Tinribs ,

A “must listen” for choral singers/enthusiasts

Very entertaining with lots of wonderful stories and yet full of useful information too. This podcast brings together the vast experience of Harry Christophers, Robert Hollingworth and Eamonn Dougan and includes lots of interesting guests and extracts from many of the great recordings by The Sixteen, I Fagiolini and others.

A wonderful antidote to all the grim news out there at the moment. Thank you Harry, Robert and Eamonn.

pindertim ,

A window into another world

I’m firmly rooted in the none-I Fiagolini Factory Records tradition of A certain Ratio / Joy Division. I think that Robert massively underplayed just how cool being a a Factory artist was(albeit the classical artists never got their full deserts).Just checked and cassettes of his album currently £55 on Discogs!
All that said; fascinated, engaged & amused by the amiable & insightful discussions here about music I love but know so little about. Thanks for the insight into a parallel music universe.

Astro Monteverdi ,

‘Chewing the choral cud’

So engaging and witty. A total treat.

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