Papagena

"The extraordinary voices of Papagena...an ensemble who went down a storm at our Maida Vale studios" - Sarah Walker, BBC Radio 3

Crème de la crème of a cappella...a highly recommended show
— The Edinburgh Fringe Review

 Photo: Ben McKee

Photo: Ben McKee

They traversed a wealth of worldwide music with voices of considerable bloom, enviable pitching
impeccable diction and a real sense of fun. Think a young female Hilliard Ensemble
— The Prickle Arts

PAPAGENA...

...is an a cappella vocal group set up to explore the wealth of music from medieval times to the present day written specifically for female voices. No props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning voices form Papagena. The singers are all classically trained and include amongst their number a conductor, saxophonist, composer, opera and oratorio soloists. 

But the group’s programming defies pigeonholing; Papagena juxtaposes  classical repertoire with traditional folk, medieval and contemporary music to create programmes that can span nine centuries, from 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen to Joni Mitchell, from Byzantine hymns to lilting Celtic ballads to Norwegian lullabies, from Purcell to Katy Perry.   Papagena writes and arranges some of its own material and also commissions new arrangements and pieces from an eclectic range of composers, including recent offerings from Jim Clements and Errollyn Wallen

The group has toured the UK extensively, giving performances at numerous Music Festivals and events. Papagena has released two recordings, the latest of which, The Darkest Midnight is on the SOMM Recordings label.

The singers are Lizzie Drury, Suzie Purkis, Abbi Temple, Sarah Tenant-Flowers* & Suzzie Vango*

*directors

 

Recent news and coming up…

Papagena is delighted to announce that they will be singing and chatting live on BBC Radio in December 2018.
Monday 17th December: BBC Radio 3 In Tune 5pm
Tuesday 18th December:
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 10am

Papagena’s much anticipated second album The Darkest Midnight was released in November 2018 on the SOMM Recordings label and it was immediately declared musicwebinternational’s recording of the month. Read the full review here: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Nov/Darkest_midnight_SOMMCD0189.htm The Darkest Midnight is a sublime collection of songs for Winter, comprising the group’s usual eclectic mix of music, sacred and secular, from the Middle Ages through to the modern era. Preview tracks can be heard here. Papagena is touring The Darkest Midnight programme in late November and early December, wtih performances in the South West, the Midlands and London. Full concert listing here.

In March 2018, Papagena was delighted to be shortlisted from 450 applicants to one of just 7 acts performing in a live concert on BBC Radio 3, celebrating International Women's Day.

Following a successful summer tour of Cheshire, The Midlands and Dorset, Papagena returned to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, where yet again, their "Nuns and Roses II" was hailed a highly recommended show (read the review here).

Earlier in 2018, the group bid a fond farewell to their alto, Steph Seeney who has gone on to take up the role as Head of Singing for Bromley Music Service. Birmingham based mezzo-soprano, Suzie Purkis has replaced her.

Please see the Concerts page for more informa