The Sixteen

Join The Sixteen for stories of life and love, of tranquillity and stillness.

Broadcast on 22 May at 7:30pm and available to view on demand for a further 9 days.

What could be more welcome than a little repose and respite from the demands of daily life? The Sixteen's concert programme tells stories of life and love, of tranquillity and stillness, some naïve and simple, others infused with complex imagery. This special concert was filmed in the stunning setting of St John's Upper Norwood, London, for Perth Festival. 

Featuring a stunning selection of music, from exuberant early works such as 'Hoyda, hoyda, jolly rutterkin' and 'I am a jolly foster' to Eric Whitacre's sublime 'Sleep', Stanford’s glorious 'The Blue Bird', and a new commission from Roderick Williams, this is truly music to escape to.

The event will be followed by a special post-concert interview and Q&A ('live on Zoom') between soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and Founder and Conductor of the Sixteen Harry Christopher. Details and booking link to follow shortly.


E.W. Naylor, Vox dicentis

Anon, I am a jolly foster

Sir James MacMillan, Children are a heritage of the Lord

Bob Chilcott, Londonderry Air

Pinsuti, Good night, good night beloved

Cornysh, Hoyda, hoyda jolly rutterkin

Stanford, Blue Bird

Cornysh, Ah Robyn

Eric Whitacre, Sleep

Roderick Williams, Eriskay Love Lilt

Hayes, Giles Jolt

Pearsall, Lay a garland

Holst, Nunc Dimittis 


About The Sixteen

Whether performing a simple medieval hymn or expressing the complex musical and emotional language of a contemporary choral composition, The Sixteen does so with qualities common to all great ensembles. Tonal warmth, rhythmic precision and immaculate intonation are clearly essential to the mix. But it is the courage and intensity with which The Sixteen makes music that speak above all to so many people.

Celebrating its 40thanniversary in 2019 The Sixteen gave its first concert in 1979 under the direction of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE. Their pioneering work since has made a profound impact on the performance of choral music and attracted a large new audience, not least as ‘The Voices of Classic FM’ and through BBC television’s Sacred Music series.

The voices and period-instrument players of The Sixteen are at home in over five centuries of music, a breadth reflected in their annual Choral Pilgrimage to Britain’s great cathedrals and sacred spaces, regular appearances at the world’s leading concert halls, and award-winning recordings for The Sixteen’s CORO and other labels.

Recent highlights include the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater (at the Barbican in 2016 and live streamed from the Sistine Chapel in 2018), and his Fifth Symphony‘ Le grand inconnu’ (2019 Edinburgh International Festival and the Lincoln Centre, New York), both commissioned for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen by the Genesis Foundation, an ambitious ongoing series of Handel oratorios, a debut tour of China, and a new, specially-commissioned series of programmes presented by Sir Simon Russell Beale entitled A Choral Odyssey.


Performance starts: 7:30pm


MAY 2021

Individual Online Concert


Also available as part of

Classical Concert Series Pass


Online Festival Pass

*Early Bird Price.