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« Le Fil d'Or » est un nouvel ensemble axé sur l'interprétation de la polyphonie vocale des XVe et XVIe siècles, en particulier la musique sacrée anglaise de cette période. Lors de notre premier concert en mars 2023, nous avons présenté des exemples typiques de la qualité et de la complexité de ce style quintessentiellement anglais, qui a atteint son apogée au tournant du XVe siècle dans des manuscrits célèbres tels que l'Eton Choir Book, le Lambeth Choir Book et le Caius Choir Book, entre autres.

Après un concert réussi et bien accueilli à St Pierre de Montmartre, l'ensemble revient en septembre 2023 pour donner le concert d'ouverture de la saison avec un programme à l'occasion du cinquantième anniversaire de la mort du grand compositeur anglais William Byrd. En janvier, l'ensemble a eu le grand honneur de chanter un concert dévotionnel en l'honneur de saint Thomas d'Aquin lors de la venue de ses reliques à Versailles en début d'année. Le programme, inspiré des textes du docteur de l'Église, comprenait des œuvres de Byrd, Palestrina, Lassus, Bruckner, Howells et le chef-d'œuvre de Gerald Finzi « Lo, the full, final sacrifice » pour lequel Le Fil d'Or a été rejoint par la maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Versailles et accompagné à l'orgue par Jean-François Frémont.

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En 2024, le groupe rend hommage à Robert White et Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, dont les anniversaires tombent la même année. Le Fil d'Or est composé de huit à dix chanteurs, dirigés par Lewis Hammond. ​

English :

“Le Fil d’Or” is a new ensemble focusing on the performance of 15th and 16th century vocal polyphony, in particular English sacred music of this period.In our first concert in March 2023 we presented typical examples of the quality and complexity of this distinctly English style, which reached its apogee at the turn of the 15th century in famous manuscripts such as the Eton Choir Book, the Lambeth Choir Book and the Caius Choir Book, among others.

After a successful and well-received concert at St Pierre de Montmartre, the ensemble returns in September 2023 to give the opening concert of the season with a program to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great English composer, William Byrd. In January, the ensemble had the great honour of singing a devotional concert in honour of Saint Thomas Aquinas when his relics came to Versailles at the beginning of the year. The programme, inspired by the texts of the doctor of the church, included works by Byrd, Palestrina, Lassus, Bruckner, Howells and Finzi's masterpiece "Lo, the full, final sacrifice" for which Le Fil d'Or was joined by the maîtrise of Notre-Dame de Versailles and accompanied on the organ by Jean-François Frémont.

 

In 2024, the group pays tribute to Robert White and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, whose anniversaries fall in the same year. Le Fil d’Or consists of eight to ten singers, directed by Lewis Hammond.​

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Enregistrements récents

Glowing Gold Structure
infelix ego-byrd
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when david heard_weelkes
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agnus dei_byrd
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beati quorum via-stanford
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appropinquet deprecatio mea-white
00:00 / 01:42

William Cornysh : Woefully Arrayed (extrait)

le Fil d'Or au travail ! (un extrait du raccord)

John Taverner : Dum transisset sabbatum (extrait)

extrait d'une répétition du concert en l'honneur de Saint Thomas d'Aquin (Lassus : Lauda Sion Salvatorem)

Direction : Lewis Hammond

Hailing from Maldon in Essex, Lewis graduated from the University of Oxford in 2020. For three years he was an academical clerk in the choir of New College where he read Music. He studied singing with Bronwen Mills and participated in masterclasses with the renowned countertenor, Andreas Scholl. As a conductor, Lewis directed numerous programmes of baroque music with the Wykeham Ensemble, large-scale performances of Schütz, Schumann, and Haydn with the Oxford University Chorus, and the University Opera Society’s production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in 2019. Equally at home in an earlier repertory, Lewis is a founding member of ‘Fount and Origin’, a vocal group specialising in fifteenth-century polyphony. In 2022, the ensemble made its first professional recording with “Inventa Records” and will make its European concert debut in Padua in January 2024.

In 2022, Lewis concluded his studies at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Recent recordings include Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (direction: Olivier Schneebeli), Rameau’s Achanthe et Céphise (Alexis Kossenko), Back to Lully with Véronique Gens (Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas), and Marais’s Ariane et Bacchus (Hervé Niquet). Among other professional groups, Lewis regularly sings with Ensemble Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé) and Les Surprises (Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas). Lewis currently studies orchestral conducting as part of the cycle spécialisé at the CRR de Paris. He has two ensembles: le Fil d’Or and the Flying Fishes (a chamber choir with whom he has conducted programmes of English and Italian madrigals, French Renaissance chansons, and now German songs).

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