Gimell is 30!
22 March 2010
creation of Gimell has meant that for 30 years I have been able to record
whatever music I wanted. Every one of our fifty releases has been planned,
recorded and edited by me and Steve Smith, my loyal producer and co-founder of
Gimell Records. This has been a unique privilege for a concert artist - never
being asked to cut corners. I am immensely grateful to my singers, our concert
agents, and our CD distributors but especially to those hundreds of thousands
of supporters worldwide who own a Gimell recording." Peter Phillips
The first Gimell recording was made in Merton College Chapel, Oxford, on March 22nd and 23rd 1980. That recording, of Allegri's Miserere, reached number 1 in the UK HMV Classical Chart and remains one of our most successful releases. Single-artist labels have become commonplace in recent years; Gimell was probably the first and has certainly been established the longest. Gimell's 50th recording, described as "glorious" by Nicholas Kenyon in the Observer, features Victoria's Lamentations of Jeremiah and is released to mark the 30th Anniversary. It was also recorded in the Chapel of Merton College.
Musicweb have published a lengthy interview by John Quinn with Peter Phillips and Steve Smith, available here.
Classic FM have released a podcast of a recent interview with Peter Phillips - available here.
Andrew McGregor recently travelled to Oxford to record an interview with Peter and Steve to be broadcast on April 10th as part of the CD Review programme on BBC Radio 3.