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High Spirits in St Louis

On Tour 16 March, 2014

High Spirits in St Louis

Our final concert, in St Louis, MO, took place in perhaps our most stunning venue yet – the vast Basilica Cathedral.

Having performed the programme five times already, we limited our rehearsal to an hour or so, giving us time for a relaxing lunch in sunny Missouri. Some of us were more relaxed than others – poor Tom waited in vain for his bag... continued

Gibbons in Orlando

On Tour 15 March, 2014

Gibbons in Orlando

Unlikely place for early music? Here’s Ben with a round-up on a great day in Florida… and some bad puns.

Palm trees are always a good sign

“Since the first snowy stop in Boston the excitement had been growing about the potential for a bit of seaside fun in Florida, and when we finally arrived yesterday it didn’t disappoint. After landing in Orlando... continued

Deep South, Deep Fried

On Tour 14 March, 2014

Deep South, Deep Fried

Correspondent Kate blogs from Jackson, MS

“Our editor, in his wisdom, has attempted to ban any more references to food, since this blog seems to be turning into a culinary critique, but I’m afraid I will have to disobey straightaway and tell you all about our fantastic meal in Jackson, MS. The Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music is run by the... continued

An Unresolved Case

On Tour 13 March, 2014

An Unresolved Case

“What are the EXACT measurements of Eleanor’s largest suitcase?”

A question that has challenged luggage experts for decades. Here, to end years of speculation and suspense, is Eleanor’s answer:

“Committed as I am to travelling light, the largest suitcase I own measures a mere 55x35x25cm. There are several reasons for choosing a small case, the most... continued

A Night in Nashville

On Tour 12 March, 2014

A Night in Nashville

One night in the home of Honky Tonk – an update from one car as the convoy hurtles down the freeway…

Boots, stetsons and the Johnny Cash museum – it’s Nashville!

After a civilised getting-up time this morning we picked up two hire cars from Cincinnati airport, in order to head to Nashville. Thankfully American cars have plenty of room for six... continued

Review: Live Performances

Outstanding review of Stile’s Boston concert

Stile Antico gets better and better… What we heard in the glorious St. Paul space was not only beautiful sound from the well-matched and perfectly tuned voices, but fine rhythmic sensitivity to the nuances of attack and phrasing that make this music a joy both to sing and to hear… a magnificent conclusion to a richly varied and rewarding program.

Virginia Newes, Boston Musical Intelligencer (11 March, 2014)

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Sunny Cincinnati

On Tour 11 March, 2014

Sunny Cincinnati

Emma blogs on a successful return to Cincinnati!

Cathedral of St Peter in Chains

“Today started, well, yesterday. After a less-than-ideal travel day we eventually reached the Garfield suites hotel at 1.15am. After the most welcome night’s sleep of the tour so far, we were treated to a fabulous brunch of bacon, eggs, pastries and fruit salad in Kate and... continued

Review: Live Performances

The Boston Globe on Stile’s 50th US concert

It was the Agnus Dei of Byrd’s Mass and John Taverner’s “O splendor gloriae” that gave the fullest account of what Stile Antico can do. Each had the group’s unique sound, which balances richness and clarity and varies color and texture in sync with the text. Both were meticulously paced, building logically to... continued

David Weininger, The Boston Globe (10 March, 2014)

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Unexpected Pentagon Visit

On Tour 10 March, 2014

Unexpected Pentagon Visit

Ben looks back on a long trip to Cincinnati

“The day started well enough….

Leaving New York

… but took a turn for the worse. No tour would be complete without at least one day where the travel plans cascade in front of us like a line of dominoes. It only takes one slight delay to a flight for the intricate web of connections to become a... continued

Noo Yoik

On Tour 9 March, 2014

Noo Yoik

Katie’s foody foray

“One thing that never disappoints when we tour to the USA is the food. From enormous pepperoni pizzas to racks of BBQ ribs, clam chowder in Boston to ‘grits’, the savoury corn-based porridge popular in the mid-Western and Southern states, there is always something to surprise even the most well-travelled of tastebuds.

“We have had some... continued

Celebrating a Fabulous 50th

On Tour 8 March, 2014

Celebrating a Fabulous 50th

Becky blogs in Boston

“Our first full day of the tour saw us celebrate our fiftieth concert in the US! We awoke to brilliant sunshine and blue skies – well, most of us woke first in the very early hours of the morning, as the day was beginning back at home, but managed to doze off again until Boston morning began. Talk at breakfast was... continued