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Polyphony (Choir)

Formed: 1986

Polyphony is a small English choir formed by Stephen Layton for one particular concert put on in King's College, Cambridge in 1986. They have released many critically acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which is Esenvalds - Passion & Resurrection. They record and perform a wide range of music mainly on Hyperion Records. Every year they perform Handel's Messiah and Bach's St John Passion in St John's Smith Square to sell-out audiences. Many of their recordings have been Gramophone editor's choice.

Further Reading: Polyphony

Interview, American choral works from Stephen Layton and Polyphony

Stephen Layton talks to David about his recent disc of American choral music with Polyphony.

Recording of the Week, JS Bach: St John Passion from Polyphony and Layton

The crowd-scenes crackle with terrifying energy and Ian Bostridge’s volatile Evangelist brings great narrative momentum, whilst Iestyn Davies and Richard Tunnicliffe’s eloquence in ‘Es ist vollbracht’ is worth the price of the set alone.

Recent Best Sellers: Polyphony