"My Christmas CD of the year [is] Sleep, Holy Babe"
Mail on Sunday
Blossom Street is a versatile and vibrant chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers, which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform, and has released two critically acclaimed CDs with Naxos.
Directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, the group was formed over a decade ago, while the singers were studying at the University of York, and relocated to London in 2007. Whilst in York, Blossom Street filmed a medley of Christmas carols for BBC2,which was broadcast during the snooker final, and since then has performed nationwide and beyond. They sang to Prince Charles on ITV1as part of his 60th birthday celebrations, and gave their debut in Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the Voicelab series in 2009. Recent projects include performances in Sweden, Japan and Spain as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe, broadcasts on BBC Radio 4, recording projects for Naxos and Convivium, several education projects and corporate, concert and festival work. The group has featured regularly on BBC Radio 3, performing living on The Choir and In Tune. Their most recent Radio 3show was in 2017, when they broadcast The Choir: Proms Extra edition of the Last Night of the Proms, an engagement they undertook two years in a row. The group also works in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, running an annual composition project for postgraduate students, led by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. In 2015, the group filmed for the remake of ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ for Columbia Pictures, and in 2017 filmed for a Film 4 movie, ‘Beast’, released to critical acclaim in 2018. The group recently recorded for the Eden Project’s Festival of Light and Sound.
On the concert platform, Blossom Street has performed at many of the major London venues including WigmoreHall, St John’s Smith Square and St James Piccadilly, and further afield at places like the Royal Palace, Madrid. Their Naxos CD, ‘Sleep, Holy Babe’, was released in 2011, tracks from which featured on BBC Radio 3’s‘The Choir’ and on Classic FM. They performed tracks live on BBC Radio 3’sIn Tune, and the disc was announced as ‘Christmas CD of the Year 2011’ on David Mellor’s New CD Show, Classic FM. It was also CD of the Week on WQED Radio(Pittsburgh, US), and received several 5* reviews. In 2013, their second disc, ‘Down by the Sea’, a compilation of a cappella choral folk songs, many of which are premiere recordings, was released by Naxos, again to critical acclaim (“At the risk of prejudicing any latecomers and with 2013 barely half gone, I declare this release to be my choral album of the year. I’d be stupefied if anything stronger comes long. Five stars.” Norman Lebrecht). In 2014, they released a disc of Warlock repertoire on the digital label, Resonus (“A programme offering a genuine expansion in our understanding of Warlock... Gorgeous sound; highly engaging, dedicated performances” BBC Music Magazine). This year, the group recorded their third Naxos disc, featuring works by British women for upper voices in celebration of the 100thanniversary of women in Britain gaining the vote.
Blossom Street is available for TV and radio work, concerts, events, festivals, private functions and education projects. Depending on requirements, the group can provide between six and twenty four singers. The group also offers an arranging service; a professional composer will be happy to write a bespoke choral arrangement for your event or concert. As well as its busy performance schedule, Blossom Street also works with a number of emerging composers, workshopping and recording their new music. The group is available to hire for rehearsals and recordings.