Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn will make her début appearance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski singing the Eva Turner part in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. The performance will be part of the LPO’s Shakespeare 400 Gala at the Royal Festival Hall on April 23.
David Hill’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem has been shortlisted for the 2010 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. All will be revealed on October 1. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2010/choral
The present performance is magnificent…For newcomers to these glorious works I can only urge you to invest confidently in David Hill’s interpretations.
Music Web Bargain of the Month. May 2010
Hill and his massed forces …are captivating from the start.
International Record Review May 2010
David Hill’s disc of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Sancta Civitas has been chosen as Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s prestigious CD Review programme on Saturday July 3. Described as ‘Magnificent’ (Musicweb) and ‘Captivating’ (International Record Review) the disc is part of an ongoing series of English Choral Music that Hill is recording for Naxos. On the disc he conducts The Bach Choir, of which he is Musical Director (a post previously held by Vaughan Williams himself) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he is Associate Guest conductor, along with soloists Christina Pier, Andrew Staples and Matthew Brook as well as the Choristers and Quiristers of Winchester Cathedral.
“David Hill directs both these works with a strong sense of their overall shape. Dramatic as they are, it is the sense of each as a symphonic journey that emerges most strongly, and convincingly.” 5* Stephen Johnson BBC Music Magazine, May 2010
“Could anyone but David Hill have achieved such a fusion of English choral tradition and state-of-the-art baroque performance practice? I don’t think so. What an extraordinary contribution to our nation’s musical life he has made. The next time he dons morning dress, I hope it will be to receive a decoration at Buckingham Palace.”
David Hill’s most recent recording with The Bach Choir and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Willams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem has just been released on the Naxos label.