Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Recording: Platinum Consort

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  • Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - Fri, Jan 31, 2014
  • Time: 14:30 - 17:30
  • Venue: London
  • Location: London

Following up on the success of our debut album In the Dark  which went straight in at #13 in the Specialist Classical Chart, Platinum Consort will be recording their follow-up album this week.  A mix of Renaissance polyphony and a new commission by Composer-in-Residence, Richard Bates.

“The alchemical symbol for platinum is a union of silver and gold and that is the quality of the Consort’s singing, naturally bright even in solemn context, but richly toned and weighty where required.” Choir & Organ Magazine, September 2012

The Holy Week liturgies have provoked some of the most potent and emotional compositions of all time. In The Dark presents “some of the most powerful and poignant choral music to come from the western world”,  including James MacMillan’s stunning Miserere and specially commissioned works by Richard Bates, Platinum’s composer in residence. These contemporary works are juxtaposed – yet inextricably linked – with choral music by Lassus, Victoria, Purcell and Lotti. The title work, Bates’ In The Dark, encapsulates the poignancy of Holy Week, with a new setting of the Tudor poem You that have spent the silent night by George Gascoigne (1525-1577).

“Pristine tonal balance and pure tuning…intimate music-making…sensitively sung…vigorously projected” BBC Music Magazine, 2012

In The Dark reached no. 6 in the UK iTunes and Amazon Classical Charts, and also featured in the US chart.

“Hugely impressive debut…perfectly captured in this meticulously recorded download…Richard Bates knows how to raise the hairs on the back of the neck” The Observer, 2012
“Just discovered Platinum Consort, a terrific new UK choir. Bought their latest album and am LOVING it – clean, healthy, lusty singing. Highly recommended.” Eric Whitacre, July 2012