HARK! is a Christmas EP with the well-known words of the carol Hark! the herald angels sing as you've never heard them before - completely new music in three very different versions (pop, a cappella, unplugged) aimed at different audiences - with a lyrical choral B-side The Angel Gabriel, and a celebration mix of all three versions. Featuring the amazingly versatile vocals of Joanna Forbes L'Estrange and the voices and players of the award-winning British ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS, directed by Antony Pitts. Recorded at The Granary Studios and Dean Street Studios, and mixed/mastered by Guy Denning at The Granary Studios. Cover art by Adrian Self.

TONUS PEREGRINUS was founded by the composer Antony Pitts in 1990, during his studies with Dr Edward Higginbottom at New College, Oxford, to record Music for a Large Audience, and today is an established ensemble in Britain and abroad with a significant discography on Hyperion and Naxos. Acclaim in the BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare, Gramophone, and The Telegraph speaks for itself: “utterly spellbinding”, “heatedly recommended”, “utterly beguiling”, “gloriously sung by this superb choir”, as does the prestigious Cannes Classical Award for the ensemble’s debut release and No.1 album of Arvo Pärt’s Passio – Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, as was the Hyperion album Seven Letters and other sacred choral music. The journey continues with a highly-praised disc of music from the Eton Choirbook – the jewel in the crown of TONUS PEREGRINUS’s series of “milestones of Western Music” for Naxos – and the premiere recording of a powerful new oratorio by Antony Pitts, Jerusalem-Yerushalayim, remixed for release in 2015.

“...My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet...”   Fanfare
“A composer on a spiritual quest who's found the near-perfect singers for it...”   Gramophone
“TONUS PEREGRINUS, a vocal ensemble made up of first-rank singers led by Pitts...”   All Music Guide
“...combined talent for divinely pure sound...”   Choir & Organ
“In terms of sheer beauty of performance and recording, this disc takes some beating...”   Fanfare
“...one of the most rewarding I've heard for years...”   On an Overgrown Path
“...it's pretty much impossible not to reach a state of bliss after listening to a new album featuring seven pieces chosen by English a capella choir TONUS...”   Musical Toronto
Jerusalem album session photograph by Ian Dingle ©