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Nom : The Clerks’
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Biographie :
 One of the outstanding vocal groups in its field, The Clerks’ recordings and performances of Renaissance vocal music have earned them a place among the foremost interpreters of the repertoire. The group’s discography of over 20 CDs represents a uniquely valuable and pioneering contribution to early music and has won them many accolades, including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music.
  The Clerks formed at Oxford University and made their professional London debut in 1992. Their first recording, released a year later, made an immediate impact, being identified as one of the releases of the year by the Critics Choice panel of BBC Radio 3, and earning runner-up spot in Gramophone’s Early Music Award.
  This recording marked the beginning of a long relationship with ASV (later Sanctuary Classics) during which the group recorded the complete sacred works of Johannes Ockeghem, as well as world première recordings of repertory by a diverse array of early Renaissance composers such as Josquin, Obrecht, Barbireau, La Rue, Brumel and Busnois. With Signum, The Clerks have recorded the work of Dufay, Machaut and Frye, and with Cypré repertoire by Tinctoris and - most recently - Regis.
  The Clerks have performed in many of Europe and America’s most prestigious concert series. They have toured the U.S. four times, and are soon to return ; they have travelled in Europe as far afield as Iceland, Italy and Estonia, as well as being regular visitors to Festivals in Belgium, Holland (where in 2005 they opened the newly renovated Philharmonie in Haarlem), France and Germany ; in the U.K. the group has performed at the BBC Proms, the South Bank, the Barbican and the Wigmore Hall as well as numerous regional venues.
  In recent years, The Clerks have expanded their programming to include contemporary works, as well as multi-media and educational projects. Since 2001, the group has commissioned works by Robert Saxton, Anthony Pitts, Gabriel Jackson, Christopher Fox and Robin Holloway. In 2004, The Clerks collaborated with theatre director Carl Heap to create an innovatory re-working of the medieval liturgical drama The Play of Daniel, involving school children and adult amateur singers in a form of community pageant ; and in 2006 they premièred a version of the 14th century Roman de Fauvel, complete with projected images and specially written poetry by Ian Duhig.
  The Clerks’ latest project - In Memoria - has taken the ensemble to Victorian swimming baths and pumping stations, with a presentation melding live music with a pre-recorded sound collage by Antony Pitts and Edward Wickham.

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Missa L’homme armé, Missa Sine nomine
Johannes Tinctoris
The Clerks’ Group Lucy Ballard, William Missin, altos Tom Raskin, Matthew (...)



Johannes Regis : Opera Omnia
Johannes Regis
The Clerks’ Edward Wickham (Direction)