Project information

The Sixteen: Polish recording project Volume 4

This will be the fourth release in The Sixteen's critically-acclaimed series of recordings of music from Renaissance and Baroque Poland, conducted by our associate conductor Eamonn Dougan. This series ensures these wonderful, obscure works are given world-class recordings.

2 months

Charity information

The Sixteen

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  • Need


    With the resurgence of interest in the Renaissance and Baroque periods over the last 50 years, composers such as Monteverdi and Purcell now rightly receive regular performances all over the globe, however, many of their contemporaries remain obscure.

    A wealth of wonderful music emanated from Poland in the 16th and 17th centuries from composers such as Pękiel and Gorczycki, this music is rarely performed or committed to disc, particularly by high-profile musical ensembles.


    Led by associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen have devised a highly-ambitious programme of recordings, which will showcase this much-neglected repertoire. Thanks to The Sixteen's reputation, these recordings have so far garnered international interest and renown from mainstream media ranging from all UK broadsheets to The New York Times to European press. These recordings are also available on Spotify and iTunes, ensuring that these works are disseminated to a wide audience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To introduce a wide, new audience to the rare repertoire of 16th- and 17th-century Poland.


    » The release and promotion of a fourth disc in our Polish recording series.

    We hope to repeat the success of the series so far. (75000+ streams, 6000+ CD sales, exceptional reviews in a range of mainstream media).

  • Impact


    The recordings will remain as a legacy of this project long into the future enabling an increasing number of people to explore this repertoire. We expect continuing CD sales to demonstrate the success of the long-term engagement we hope to see from this project. Eventually we hope this will contribute to raising the profile of these composers and lead to their works being programmed more often by major ensembles.




    Donors will receive copies of the final CD, as well as being updated on the critical response. There are also possibilities of inviting donors to witness rehearsals for the recordings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Artistic costs Contribution towards artists fees
      £2,500 Venue hire Contribution towards costs of church for recording
      £2,500 Marketing Contribution towards additional marketing costs
      £5,000 Management Management, admin and planning of the project
  • Background


    The recordings will take place in London and the CD will receive an international release.


    A wide audience of music lovers. The project will also contribute to academia and research.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Sixteen is a leader in its field. Described by The Times as 'the world's greatest choir', over the past 35 years it has cultivated an esteemed reputation in delivering acclaimed performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Eamonn Dougan

    Eamonn is The Sixteen's Associate Conductor, appointed by Harry Christophers in 2006. Eamonn will choose the repertoire and conduct the recording.


    CORO is The Sixteen's independent record label. They will distribute the recording to an international audience.