singing has always been a source of enjoyment to Sally Dunkley
ever since she had the good fortune to be introduced to it at
particular interest in singing and in preparing performing editions
of 16th-century polyphony was subsequently nurtured as a student
at Oxford, especially through the experience of singing with
the Clerkes of Oxenford (director David Wulstan).
a professional singer she has had a long association with groups
such as the Tallis Scholars (more than 800 concerts and about
35 recordings) and the Sixteen (of which she is a founder member).
the years she has come to value most of all the importance of
making music with friends - and, of course, of making friends
is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to develop our
relationship with Banchieri Singers through making music together.
was born in Liverpool, home of the Beatles, and, in past times,
a great sea port on the West coast of England: indeed, his father
worked in the docks, and later, as a sailor in the Merchant
his was not a musical family, Francis was encouraged to develop
musical interests at school, and later at Oxford University,
where he was taught by two pioneers of the polyphonic repertory,
Dr. Bernard Rose and David Wulstan.
imbued him with a love to polyphony, and they also stressed
the importance of the need to reconcile academic research to
the past 20 years Francis has worked with many exciting English
groups - particularly The Tallis Scholars, with whom he has
given more than one thousand concerts.
making his Hungarian début in Budapest last December,
he made contact with members of the Banchieri Singers; deeply
impressed by the quality of their singing, Francis is coming
to Nyíregyháza to explore and learn; to offer,
in return, the fruits of his own experience; and to promote
Anglo-Hungarian friendship in a universal language - Music.
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