Hazard Chase is delighted to announce that Stephen Layton’s latest Hyperion disc Beyond all mortal dreams has been nominated for a Grammy Award. This marks Stephen’s third Grammy nomination, with previous nominations in 2006 and 2007 for his recordings of Whitacre and Lauridsen respectively. Beyond all mortal dreams, recorded with the wonderful Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, is an indulgent exploration of American a cappella works that was immediately named as CD of the month by Classic FM and received 5 stars by many of the world’s leading critics. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will take place live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, 12th February 2012 but, in the meantime, more information on the awards can be found here http://www.grammy.org/

The Grammy nomination has kicked off an already busy and exciting month for Stephen: he makes his debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Bach: Christmas Oratorio and then later in the month is featured on no less than three BBC broadcasts from the Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square – 19th December. Britten: St Nicolas with the CLS, Trinity College Choir and Holst Singers; 22nd December, Bach: Christmas Oratorio with the OAE and Trinity College Choir; and 23rd December, Handel: Messiah with the AAM and Polyphony.

2012 is set to be an extremely busy year for Stephen, beginning with a tour of the Baltic region with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, of which Stephen is Principal Guest Conductor. He returns to a tour of the UK with the CLS, performing a programme to celebrate the Scott Centenary at venues such as Cadogan Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Cambridge Corn Exchange and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. In March Stephen returns to Australia to conduct Bach: St John Passion at the Melbourne Recital Centre, he then returns to Europe to tour and record the same repertoire with the OAE and a cast of stellar soloists, including Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson. Stephen rounds off the season with a return visit to the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong for a collaboration with Die Konzertisten choir in an all Baroque programme.

More information on Stephen Layton’s recordings can be found here: http://www.stephenlayton.com/recordings/