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FAREWELL TO ALBION
We are sorry to announce disappointing, upsetting news. After 4 ½ years of ambitious, adventurous music-making, Albion is coming to an end. It’s been tremendously hard to contemplate this as a way forward, and equally so to decide on it.
In our journey of adventure, taking us through caves, real ales, festivals, bicycles, and much else, we have tried to innovate, imagine, and dream. But we find ourselves now in a position where we can’t realistically sustain that level of ambition – and so we really want to go out on a high.
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Our last ever performance will be in Sheffield on Saturday 13 August at 7pm
What is Albion?
Uniquely among choral groups, ALBION sings the musics of "these islands" – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales - and further afield. The islands' musical heritage stretches back a thousand years, offering a rich store of treasures: dances, folksongs, madrigals, plainsong chants, airs, anthems, and more. In their variety and beauty, they lie at the heart of Albion's inspiration.
Some of our most popular songs include Jerusalem, Scarborough Fair, The Skye Boat Song, and O Danny Boy. Many of the songs are hundreds of years old, but in Fraser Wilson's arrangements they are reclothed in lush contemporary colours. Working with up to twelve singers at a time, Albion performs mostly unaccompanied, allowing the purity of the human voice to sound across the centuries. The group is known for a fresh sound and vibrant energy, for its captivating performance style, and for warm, wholehearted music-making.
Here's the essence of Albion in 9 minutes:
Albion on Record
Our four studio & live recordings capture the essential beauty of Albion.
They are all available as digital downloads and CDs, and are accompanied by striking images and all the song texts.
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