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Simon Halsey, Artistic Director
David Lowe, Artistic Administrator

Peter Savory Manager

Alicia Beckett

European Voices, a professional choir of between 20 and 80 voices, was founded by Simon Halsey at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle as a result of their highly successful 20-year collaboration. European Voices made a sensational debut at the 1999 Salzburg Festival in fully-staged performances of Rameau's Les Boréades with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Rattle. The group made its BBC Proms debut the same year with a semi-staged version of the same work. European Voices collaborated with Thomas Adés and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in performances of Varese and Weill in the 2000 Aldeburgh Festival and again at the Proms that year. They also formed the chorus in Parsifal with Rattle and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2000.

Future plans include an on going relationship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including concerts in London Cologne and Brussels; performances with the Berlin Philharmonic (Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Cosi fan tutte) and visits to the Luzern and Salzburg festivals. Recordings are also planned for EMI.

May 2002

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