Biography of Canzonetta:
In recent years CANZONETTA has established itself as one of the UK’s most versatile chamber choirs. Since winning the 1993 Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year title (televised by the BBC), the group has appeared in many different formats - at international festivals including Cheltenham and Harrogate (twice); for numerous music clubs and societies across the north of England, and in its frequent performances of Baroque masterpieces with the Manchester Camerata. In 1997 the group toured Israel with a programme of Tavener and Michael Nyman. Five performances of the Bach B Minor Mass were given in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, under Nicholas Kraemer. In addition to its Cheltenham International Festival premiere, Thea Musgrave’s commissioned "On the Underground" settings have been given several performances, including three in London. Recent performances include Messiah and Dixit Dominus (Kraemer), Mozart Requiem and Rossini Stabat Mater (Fujioka), Ives 4th Symphony (Nagano/Halle), and a Vierne/Dupre programme with Wayne Marshall - all in Manchester’s magnificent new Bridgewater Hall.