CORO 94 was formed in 2014 and is a sought-after, mixed voice, “a cappella” chamber choir with regular engagements at prominent London venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Gresham Centre – an international centre of excellence for vocal music performance.
The choir is directed by Michael Kibblewhite, one of the UK’s best known choral directors, and Founder-Director of Cantate Youth Choir with whom he won many national and international competitions.
“Allus” is a pilgrimage through six hundred years of choral music, visiting some of the most loved eras. In complete contrast to much of the Anglo-Saxon music on this album, there are two Christmas motets by Francis Poulenc: mid-20th Century French music influenced by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. His style is dry, clear, unpredictable, and somehow brings a smile to one’s face whilst remaining deeply serious in telling the Christmas story. The album is bookended by other music suitable for the Christmas season: not only better-known carols, but also compositions on a wider canvas like John Rutter’s tender setting of the 15th Century poet John Audelay’s There Is A Flower. The Norwegian composer Trond Kverno’s Corpus Christi Carol is an especially wonderful version of the mysterious, enigmatic poem: dark, Nordic, and intensely moving.