London-based vocal ensemble Peregrina EnChantica, founded by composer Zory Burner as a significant part of her initiatives and projects, specializing in authentic and original music within the world fusion and contemporary classical genres


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Vocal Ensemble

Peregrina EnChantica

Composer / Artistic Director
Zory Burner

Conductor
John Vallance

Repertoire

Peregrina EnChantica is a project-based ensemble that currently presents two types of repertoire:

Acompelling fusion of musical genres in Zory Burner’s original song-cycle, dedicated and inspired by nature, in support of wildlife conservation and with a special focus on birds. Within the “Look Up” project, supported by Art Council England, the ensemble makes an artistic contribution into the work of major nature conservation organizations and enormously increases the opportunity for their supporters to experience, enjoy and be involved in artistic activities.

A musical progression of authentic Pre-Renaissance Byzantine chants (14th c.), intertwined with the beauty and intricacy of the Bulgarian folklore, their derivatives by classical composers of 18th -20th c., and Zory Burner’s original, contemporary arrangements. Peregrina EnChantica is one of the first choirs in the UK to specialize in concert performances of this unique genre and aims to shine a bright light on this thousand-year-old phenomenon, and to infuse an exotic element into the local culture.

Our Name

Through the name of our ensemble we aim to symbolically represent the music's long history of "travelling through time and space", just as though on the wings of another true pilgrim, our inspiration, the Peregrine falcon. A favourite of the ancient Egyptians and Chinese earlier than 2000 BC, the Peregrine was of a denoted social status all through the Middle Ages. These falcons settle in one place and their young travel thousands of miles to raise a family in a territory of their own; and so the pattern continues through all continents.

Experimenting with derivatives of the Latin word Cantō and the Old French, Chantere, we've combined the roots of chant and enchanting, with our purpose of taking our audiences on a magical journey in song.

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Ancient Made New

Peregrina EnChantica brings together artists of different traditions and cultures in performing a variety of musical styles, coming from distant lands and times, offering both audiences and performers to explore this music of "nobility, dignity and a quality of elevation that is quite its own".

A thousand-year-old cultural phenomenon - the unique musical tradition of the Byzantine chants in their Bulgarian version: born at the dawn of Christianity, they carry their long history of "travelling through time and space" - from Jerusalem, Syria, Constantinople through to Rome, influencing the Western church music, together with the Cyrillic alphabet and the translations of the Bible (10th c.), travelling through to Kievan Rus' and later to Moscow. For centuries they have preserved their originality and during Pre-Rennaissance times (13-14th c.) have entwined elements of the magnificence of the Bulgarian folklore. These chants have laid the foundation and passed their spiritual richness on to the classical music forms, also being enriched themselves through the creation of a variety of classical musical interpretations.

Vocal ensemble Peregrina EnChantica has the honour of allowing this time-honoured music to continue travelling further, through performances of both authentic pieces and fully original contemporary works.

A Journey on the Wings of Music was a fantastic concert series that brought culture and professionalism in the arts to our community. The programme you presented in Loughton was phenomenal, and the ensemble was brimming with talent. The Byzantine chants were mesmerizing and it was a unique opportunity to hear such ancient music. It was a brilliant event and the feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive!

Jenna Thorne, Creative Arts Coordinator of LifeWorks Arts Centre, Loughton

Zory's sense of musicianship is excellent and interesting. Her compositional focus has a market that is excited about sharing their musical history and culture with the wider tapestry of London. The music she creates will also have the potential to truly become international in the consistent appeal of early a cappella music to the choral world.

Naveen Arles, musical director of London International Gospel Choir

Projects

Hen Harrier Day & BirdFair 2017

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Vocal ensemble PeregrinaEnChantica serenading and inspiring birders and wildlife conservationist on Hen Harrier Day in London and at the annual British Birdwatching Fair - the "birder's Glastonbury", at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. The ensemble presented three musical sets, plus several dedicated performances at various exhibitor stands, including at The Urban Birder’s corner and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology stand.

Performances:
August 05, 2017 - Hen Harrier Day London, RSPB Rainham Marshes
August 18, 2017 - Bird Fair, Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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Look Up 2017 - First Edition

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Vocal ensemble PeregrinaEnChantica, as musical ambassadors of nature and wildlife conservation causes, presented the first edition of their “Look Up” concert series 2017, through Zory Burner’s original song-cycle, dedicated to the protection of nature & wildlife, with a special focus on birds.

“Look Up” lecture-concert, first edition, featuring special guest speakers: Dr Mark Avery, David Lindo (the Urban Birder) and Charlie Moores.

Performances:
January 20, 2017 - St Philip's Church, London

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Forgotten Names & Hen Harrier Day 2016

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An ongoing contribution to RSPB's Hen Harrier Life project, started off with the ensemble’s performance on Hen Harrier Day 2016, organised by BAWC at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, London. Featuring Peregrina EnChantica's second single, "Forgotten Names".

Peregrina EnChantica ensemble's Lyrical paean 'Forgotten names' - Poetry, music & love will outlast pole-traps, poison and crime.

- RSPB CEO Mike Clarke (via Twitter)

Forgotten Names - a special dedication to the endangered species of birds, written and arranged by Zory Burner.

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Spring Concert Series 2016

Vocal ensemble Peregrina EnChantica welcomes you to an exclusive Spring concert Series of 2016, featuring a progression of authentic Pre-Renaissance Byzantine chants (14th c.), their derivatives by Russian classical composers of 18th -20th c., original arrangements for a mixed choir, modern variations and original works by Zory Burner.

Concerts:
January 27, 2016 - Gallery Sofia, BCI, London
March 3, 2016 - The halls of the Bulgarian Embassy, London
March 10, 2016 - Brandenburg Choral Festival, "The Actors Church", Covent Garden
March 17, 2016 - St Philip's Church, Earls Ct Rd, London

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International Youth Festival of Arts "The Muses"

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Vocal ensemble Peregrina EnChantica performed at the tenth edition of the International Youth Festival of Arts & contest, "The Muses" 2015, in Sozopol, at the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.

Concerts:
July 13, 2015 - Summer Theatre "Apollonia"
July 14, 2015 - "Father Paissiy" Theatre Hall
July 15, 2015 - Gala concert at Summer Theatre "Apollonia"

Contest prizes awarded:
- first place in the category of best vocal ensemble
- certificate for best ensemble leader for artistic director Zory Burner
- special prize of the festival awarded by the sponsors

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Sub Dio and Britain's National Bird Vote

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An ongoing project, in contribution to Britain's National Bird Vote campaign, organised and lead by David Lindo, the Urban Birder. Featuring Peregrina EnChantica's first single, alongside its official music video, released in early 2015.

Performances:
March 3, 2015 - The halls of the Bulgarian Embassy, London
April 6, 2015 - Southbank Centre – Chorus 2015 festival
May 21, 2015 - Institution of Civil Engineers (Stephenson Room)
June 30, 2015 - Gallery Sofia, BCI, London

Sub Dio (Under The Open Sky) - a hymn of beauty and harmony in nature, written and arranged by Zory Burner.

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A Journey on the Wings of Music

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Three concerts of Zory Burner’s music, supported by the Arts Council England.

A project bringing high quality artistic events to three London areas, celebrating the Christmas season and presenting the music of the new dramatico-musical production, "Jesus Christ: the Challenge of Love". Performed by a specially formed chamber ensemble, uniting performers of classical, rock and various traditional instruments.

December 6, 2014 - St Matthew's Church, Croydon
December 12, 2014 - Loughton Methodist Church, Essex
December 13, 2014 - Harecourt United Reformed Church, Islington

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Spring and Christmas Festivals 2014

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Exclusive performances accompanying the "Spirit of Letters and Characters" exhibition at Gallery Sofia of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, and concerts organised by the British-Bulgarian Society at the halls of the Bulgarian Embassy, London.

March 3, 2014 - Bulgarian Cultural Institute London
April 26, 2014 - Aprilitsa Spring festival
December 13, 2014 - A Christmas festival of music and dance

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Contact

Get in touch / book the ensemble - peregrina@zoryburner.com