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Spitfire Audio Eric Whitacre Choir

Sample Library
Published February 2019
By Dave Stewart

Spitfire Audio Eric Whitacre Choir

A chance meeting with a leading choral composer sparked a major new Spitfire library.

It's a well established pattern that large orchestral sample companies, having dished up the traditional four courses of strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, eventually get around to serving dessert in the shape of a choir library. Spitfire Audio's users have been banging their forks on the table and demanding such a thing for years, and their wish was finally granted when the company announced its new choral offering in October 2018.

The library didn't follow the path most would have predicted — in fact, it came about as a result of a random encounter. Spitfire's Christian Henson was working in a studio complex in North West London when "a striking looking American chap" dropped by to check out the facilities. Introduced as "someone who does a lot of choral compositions", the visitor then disappeared into the studio of Henson's colleague Paul Thomson a few doors away and exchanged pleasantries before taking his leave. Minutes later, it simultaneously occurred to the two gobsmacked Englishmen that the dashing American was none other than Eric Whitacre, a world-famous choral composer whose work both held in the highest esteem. A flurry of emails ensued, laying the foundation for what was to become a fruitful and enjoyable collaboration.

Nuts & Bolts

Spitfire's Eric Whitacre Choir (EWC for short) features 22 singers handpicked from the award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers, a globetrotting professional choir who, as luck would have it, are conveniently based in the UK. Under the...

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Published February 2019