Posted on: 21 September 2017
We are delighted that both Iestyn Davies MBE (former chorister and choral scholar at St John’s) and our label partners Signum Classics have received Gramophone Awards for 2017!
Iestyn’s album of Bach’s alto cantatas – essential repertoire for a counter-tenor since Alfred Deller’s 1953 recording – was the winner of the ‘Baroque Vocal’ award. Iestyn performs both Nos 54 and 170 with Jonathan Cohen’s ensemble Archangelo on Hyperion. In his review, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood described the recording as “a rare and mesmerising collaboration of a special singer and seasoned instrumentalists, beautifully recorded at St Jude’s, Hampstead.” The disc is available to buy here.
Now in its 20th anniversary year and with over 500 recordings in the catalogue, Signum Classics received the accolade of ‘Label of the Year.’ The variety and originality of its many recordings was key to it securing the award. As well as our ‘St John’s Cambridge’ collaboration, Signum has recently recorded with Sophie Bevan, Malcom Martineau, and Peter Donohoe, conductors Paul McCreesh and David Hill, and choirs Tenebrae, The King’s Singers and Wells Cathedral Choir. We’re so grateful for all the fantastic work that Steve Long and his team have done for us, and we look forward to our future projects together!