THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOLA CANTORUM BOYS CHOIR

Release Debut Album

SACRED TREASURES OF ENGLAND
Available February 10, 2017

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U.S. Tour in October 2017

 

Sony Music Masterworks proudly announces the debut release from The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir, one of three choirs of the world-renowned London Oratory choral program.  The new album Sacred Treasures of England, will be available February 10 on AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical.  The release will be supported by a worldwide tour throughout the year with the U.S. leg in October.

The Schola Cantorum, who have been featured in a number of major motion pictures, including The Lord of The Rings, present music from the English Tudor era on Sacred Treasures of England.  Comprised of 14 tracks, the new album includes motets by composers such as William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, as well as the magnificent Missa Euge bone by Christopher Tye. 

“From the very first note we heard from The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir–we were impressed by their captivating musical talent and direction,” said AimHigher Recordings CEO Kevin Fitzgibbons. “Mirroring the majestic beauty of The Oratory itself, the repertoire from this debut recording is gorgeous and timeless. We are grateful to all at the Oratory who made this great artistic moment possible and are excited for the new global collaboration with Sony Classical.”

"This wonderful partnership with AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical represents a unique opportunity for the Schola to bring sacred music from the Renaissance to a much wider audience,” says Charles Cole, Director of the Schola. “The stunning beauty of this music, which we specialize in, deserves to reach many more people who we hope will be moved by the sound of the boys’ voices.” 

The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir was founded in 1996.  Educated in the Junior House of the London Oratory School, boys from the age of 7 are given outstanding choral and instrumental training within a stimulating musical environment.   Directed by Charles Cole, the prestigious ‘Schola’ is regarded as one of London’s leading boy-choirs, in demand for concert and soundtrack work.  The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir will be the first choir to release an album under a new international recording partnership with AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical. For more information visit: https://www.londonoratoryschola.com/.

 

The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir

Sacred Treasures of England

Release Date: February 10,2017

Tracklist:

1. Haec dies, John Sheppard

2. Gloria (Missa Euge bone), Christopher Tye 

3. Credo (Missa Euge bone), Christopher Tye 

4. Sanctus (Missa Euge bone), Christopher Tye 

5. Benedictus (Missa Euge bone), Christopher Tye 

6. Agnus Dei (Missa Euge bone), Christopher Tye 

7. Salvator mundi I, Thomas Tallis 

8. O nata lux, Thomas Tallis 

9. Ave Maria, Robert Parsons 

10. Ave verum corpus, William Byrd 

11. Haec dies, William Byrd 

12. Civitas sancti tui, William Byrd 

13. Ave verum corpus, Peter Philips 

14. Ascendit Deus, Peter Philips 

 

About Sony Music Masterworks

Sony Music Masterworks comprises the imprints Sony Classical, Masterworks, OKeh, Portrait, and Masterworks Broadway. Our artists range from icons to newly developing talents in classical, crossover and adult music, plus new and legendary jazz artists, as well as a vast catalog of musical theatre recordings. For more information visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com

 

About AimHigher Recordings

AimHigher Recordings is the sister label of De Montfort Music and releases eclectic Classical and Jazz music. Both labels provide a unique storytelling approach to extraordinary audiovisual projects. lang=EN-GB The labels have launched several Billboard chart-topping albums, consistently reaching #1 and/or top slots on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Year-Ending charts for 2012-2016. For more information visit: www.AimHigherRecordings.com

 

 

Press Release

 

Sony Music Masterworks, De Montfort Music, and AimHigher Recordings Announce Worldwide Distribution Deal

First Recording From New Signing

The London Oratory

 Coming February 10

Sony Music Masterworks and AimHigher Entertainment are pleased to announce a new worldwide distribution deal. Founded by entertainment industry veterans Monica and Kevin Fitzgibbons, AimHigher Entertainment is home to two labels: De Montfort Music and AimHigher Recordings

De Montfort Music specializes in chant, polyphony and all areas of sacred music, providing a unique ability to tell the story of this beautiful music created by hidden communities, which links many civilizations throughout humanity. Its sister label, AimHigher Recordings, has a mission to sign, develop and bring to market the very best in eclectic music, also with an overall inspirational theme.

Previously distributed by Universal Music, these releases have regularly topped the Billboard Classical charts, including the most recent award of Billboard’s 2016 Classical Traditional Artist and Album of the Year. In addition, these international artists and their recordings will be actively promoted and marketed globally, thus ensuring fans everywhere have better access to this beautiful music than ever before.

The new recordings will be released on Sony Classical, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, which was the #1 classical music label in 2016.  It is the home to recorded works of iconic artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Plácido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, and stars on the rise like Pretty Yende, Igor Levit, and Sonya Yoncheva. 

“We have been truly impressed with Monica and Kevin’s musical knowledge and innovative ability to market recordings of the highest quality,” says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Music Masterworks. “2016 was a banner year for Sony Music Masterworks, which holds the #1 market share for classical music in the U.S. With De Montfort/AimHigher Recordings now in our family, 2017 is off to a great start. But the labels’ output have a worldwide appeal, and our focus will be to expand this unique music's reach into many new markets.”

“We are truly grateful for the remarkable executive leadership and vision of Sony Music Masterworks,” says Monica Fitzgibbons, co-founder of AimHigher Entertainment. “The depth of creativity and global orchestration is uniquely suited for exciting growth for our projects, making it the perfect home for these beautiful gems which have been so well loved already by a treasured core of devoted and diverse music lovers.” 

The first release, on the AimHigher imprint, will be The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir, one of three choirs of the world-renowned London Oratory choral program, who have been featured in a number of major motion pictures, including The Lord of The Rings.  The new album, Sacred Treasures of England, will be available February 10, 2017 on Sony Classical.  The release will be supported by a worldwide tour throughout the year.

About Sony Music Masterworks

Sony Music Masterworks comprises the imprints Sony Classical, Masterworks, OKeh, Portrait, and Masterworks Broadway. Our artists range from icons to newly developing talents in classical, crossover and adult music, plus new and legendary jazz artists, as well as a vast catalog of musical theatre recordings. For more information visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com

About De Montfort Music

De Montfort specializes in chant, polyphony and all areas of sacred music with a concentration on singing orders and communities well trained in this venerable repertoire.  AimHigher Recordings is the sister label of De Montfort Music and releases eclectic Classical and Jazz music. Both labels provide a unique storytelling approach to extraordinary audiovisual projects. The labels have launched several Billboard chart-topping albums, consistently reaching #1 and/or top slots on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Year-Ending charts for 2012-2016. For more information visit: www.DeMontfortMusic.com