It started as an idea mentioned in passing. Something like “oh, we should get together and sing a few things.” That was the humble genesis of New York Polyphony. Five years on, we’ve recorded 3 CDs, toured the world and taken part in all sorts of really cool projects, festivals and collaborations. Now, as we enter the second half of our first decade together, we say an untimely goodbye to founding member and tenor Geoffrey Silver. Early next year, he will be returning to England to devote more energy to Acis Productions, his boutique CD label and artist promotional consultancy.
Instead of dwelling on how sad it is for us to lose his distinctive talent—both as a musician and a collaborator—we’d rather state the obvious: Geoff Silver is integral to everything we’ve achieved. And thanks to his hard work on stage and off, we’ve achieved quite a lot!
But now to the future. We are very excited to announce that tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson is joining us for the next phase of New York Polyphony.
Praised by the New York Times as “a powerful, polished and moving Evangelist” for his April 2011 performance in the Matthew Passion of C.P.E. Bach, tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson is a frequent interpreter of early music both as a soloist and as a small ensemble member. In December 2010, Mr. Wilson made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Handel’s Messiah with Andrew Megill and The Masterwork Chorus. In March 2011, he sang the arias and ensemble parts in Bach’s B Minor Mass at St. Thomas Church NYC; he also sang arias and ensemble parts in an 8-singer performance of Bach’s Saint John Passion of 1725 with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh. In May 2011, he sang the title role in Judas Maccabaeus with the Clarion Music Society under the baton of Steven Fox. Steve is a graduate of Yale University’s prestigious Early Music Program and currently serves on the voice faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan. Learn more about Steve here.
Again, we are very exited for Steve to join New York Polyphony. In the short term—as we get Steve up to speed on repertoire—there will be some overlap between tenors. Geoff will be with us until December. His final show as an official member of NYP will be in Beaumont, Texas on December 16. Steve will perform his first concert with us on October 30 in Nyack, NY and assume tenor duties full-time in 2012. Visit our SCHEDULE page for more details.
Finally, to celebrate Geoff’s tenure with the band, here again is a link to the gorgeous video he created for our performance of Christopher Tye’s In pace, the last track on our CD Tudor City.