Sansara (artistic director, Tom Herring) is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. As a collective body of voices, a choir is a living, breathing instrument with unparalleled expressive potential. Sansara realises this through direct and honest music-making, always striving to conjure compelling atmospheres, communicating with clarity and integrity.
The choir has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in vivid narrative programmes, tying thematic and textual links into rich live experiences.
Winners of the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition, the choir’s performance highlights include Barbican Sound Unbound, Holy Week Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, London A Cappella Festival, Temple Winter Festival, Winchester Festival, and a performance of Arvo Pärt’s music at St John’s Smith Square with the composer present. The choir’s debut recording, Cloths of Heaven, was released in February 2017 and received high praise for the group’s ‘perfect intonation and clean, pure sound’ (The Observer) and ‘breathtaking interpretations’ (Choir & Organ). The disc has since been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Choir and Organ, Breakfast and Essential Classics.