As of August 2010, Phantasm has been named Consort-in-residence at Magdalen College, Oxford. The consort will be able to devote time to researching and learning new repertoire and shall perform several times per year in the College, collaborating with the College Choir (Daniel Hyde, Informator Choristarum), giving recitals in Chapel, and developing consort playing among Magdalen students. Thanks to the generosity of two Old Members of Magdalen, the College has acquired a full 'chest' of six Lu-mi viols, which students will have available to them for music making. During their residencies, Phantasm members will be offering tuition and coaching to interested students.
In early September 2010, Phantasm will assemble in Merton College (Oxford) Chapel to record the complete viol consorts of William Byrd for 3, 4, 5, and 6 viols together with Emilia Benjamin and Mikko Perkola. This will be the second recording that Phantasm will do on the LINN label.
At 5:30pm on Saturday 14 November 2009, Phantasm will give a short recital of Locke a4 in Magdalen Chapel, and at 6pm will play for Evensong with Magdalen Chapel Choir, Daniel Hyde, Informator Choristarum.
Laurence Dreyfus and Phantasm to appear on BBC Radio 3's 'Discovering Music' - As part of the 2009 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Catherine Bott and Laurence Dreyfus offer an insider's view to the Golden Age of English viol music. Phantasm play examples from music by Robert Parsons, William Byrd, Orland Gibbons, John Jenkins and William Lawes, showing how they all influenced the Fantasies and In Nomines of Henry Purcell. Includes complete performances given by Phantasm at the festival. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nyfs8
Phantasm will launch their new CD of the complete five- and six-part works of the Jacobean composer John Ward for Linn Records after their final concert at the Utrecht Early Music Festival on 30th August. This is wonderful music by a master of the viol consort idiom! All are welcome to attend the event, with a chance to talk to the artists over a glass of wine. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-john-ward--consort-music-for-five-a...