The Carice Singers is a British vocal ensemble of young professional singers conducted by George Parris. Named after Edward Elgar's daughter, the ensemble is known for bringing a pure sound and an imaginative approach to a wide spectrum of choral music, with a preference for performing British choral music with deep commitment and insight.
Founded in the Cotswolds in 2011, the ensemble has since performed at many festivals and venues throughout the British Isles and in Europe, and is due to appear this year at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
The Carice Singers has recorded three discs for the Naxos label, featuring music by English twentieth-century composers Peter Warlock, John Ireland, E. J. Moeran, Frederick Delius, and Arnold Bax. These recordings have been highly praised for their "captivating interpretations" (Choir & Organ Magazine) and "beautifully blended tone" (The Guardian). The choir's most recent CD project saw it record Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell and finest part-songs for the BBC Music Magazine, commemorating 100 years since the composer's death.
The Five Lesser Joys of Mary glows with warmth, every phrase buffed and burnished with careful musicality, while I saw a fair maiden has a fragile wonder that gets closer to the core of this exquisite carol than any recording I’ve heard.
Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces. The Carice Singers and their baroque ensemble exceeded those expectations with a sometimes extremely solemn, sometimes thrilling and often very sensitive delivery of Charles Jennens's 1741 text.
The young Carice Singers (…) are totally at one with this repertoire, their expressive voices complementing the composer’s intentions with captivating interpretations.
- Shirley Ratcliffe,
Choir & Organ
The choral singing by The Carice Singers supported by their musical director George Parris is inspired. They create an intimate mood to this repertoire that allows the listener to easily engage with each part-song.