Alamire (consort)

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Origin London, England
Genres Early music, Renaissance music,
Years active 2005-present
Labels Obsidian Classical Communications

Alamire is an English vocal consort specialising in medieval and Renaissance music, both secular and religious. It was founded by David Skinner in 2005, and very swiftly won praise for the quality and imagination of its recordings. "The performances fairly glow, and so does one's spirit after traversing this glorious programme." (Gramophone Magazine)[1]

Alamire recorded the music accompanying the British Library exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII to the throne in 1509. In 2011 David Skinner and Alamire commenced a ten-year 30-cd programme to explore English choral music between 1400 and the mid-17th century.[2]

The name 'Alamire' is taken from Pierre Alamire, the adopted name of Flemish composer Peter van den Hove, itself derived from syllables in the Solfège invented by the medieval music theorist Guido of Arezzo.[3]



  1. ^ Gramophone Magazine, February 2008, p. 13.
  2. ^ Lawrence, Richard (11 March 2011). "Centuries of change". Gramophone. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "About Alamire". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ 'Recording of the Month' in Gramophone Magazine, February 2008.

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