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Vasari Singers

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Vasari Singers
OriginLondon, England
GenresClassical choral music
Years active1981 (1981)–present

Vasari Singers is one of the UK's leading chamber choirs, led from its founding by Jeremy Backhouse.[1] Vasari performs regularly in most of London’s major concert venues and taken part in numerous commercial concerts and festivals, including the BBC Proms[2] and the choir has appeared on BBC Radio 3[3] The choir is acclaimed for its versatility, performing choral music from a wide range of styles and eras, from the Renaissance to contemporary. As well as concerts, taking part in choral evensong is a major feature of Vasari’s schedule. The choir sings regularly in Canterbury Cathedral other main English Cathedrals, with recent visits to Gloucester Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and Ripon Cathedral.[4] New music is central to the choir’s activities, and since 2000 has commissioned over 20 works from British composers. In 2005 Vasari celebrated its 25th anniversary with 10 new commissions, a recording of these and other 21st-century anthems and a world première concert at St John’s, Smith Square.[5]

In November 2008, the group commissioned and premièred a new a capella Requiem by the British Composer Gabriel Jackson.[6] which they later recorded.[7]

Naxos Records have now released five Vasari Singers albums, two of which have achieved top ten status in the Specialist Classical Charts.[8]


  1. ^ "Vasari Singers - Home". Vasari Singers. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ "BBC - Proms - Vasari Singers". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 3 - In Tune". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Vasari Singers - About Us". Vasari Singers. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Anthems for the 21st Century". Signum Records. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Gabriel Jackson Requiem" (PDF). OUP. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ "JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works / I am the voice of the wind / POTT, F.: When David heard (Vasari Singers, Backhouse) - 8.573049".
  8. ^ "Vasari Singers- Bio, Albums, Pictures – Naxos Classical Music".

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