John Potter
Musician & Author


1. Recent releases & new music

Secret History: Josquin & Victoria

Secret History: Josquin & Victoria
(ECM New Series 2119)

‘Secret History sounds intensely beautiful from first breath to last… there is spiritual nourishment aplenty to be garnered from this lovingly produced and intimately recorded issue.’

MusicWeb International

‘The musicians…know how to create a kind of suspended time where it’s easy to let go and neglect everyday life.’


‘The result is most stimulating…the sound image so compelling.’

The Gramophone

Amores Pasados
(ECM New Series)

‘Des voix sublimes, une interprétation simple et pure, un album qui enchantera les amateurs de musique vocale.’

Daniela Jaloba Nouvelle-Vague

‘...a luminous ECM recording... a lovely thing’

Andrew McGregor BBC Radio 3 Record Review

‘Achingly beautiful.’

Robert Aubry Davis NPR Millennium of Music

‘...sublime lute playing from Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman...Anna Maria Friman and John Potter perfectly matched.‘’

Graham Rickson The Arts Desk

‘This will appeal to all who enjoyed Potter's work with the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek, and will be of much more than of passing interest to those spent their formative years immersed in the music of Led Zeppelin, Genesis and the Police’

Nick Lea Jazz Views

Amores Pasados
Night Sessions

Night Sessions
The Dowland Project (ECM New Series 476 5968)

A marvelous flight of time-travel across entire centuries and cultures... an aural odyssey, just the ticket for late-night listening.

Chicago Tribune

absorbing and stimulating... truly inspired.


The Dowland Project not only cross fences whenever they want, but also set up encampments wherever they choose. The whole comes across as a kind of jam session in which things blur to the point where there are simply no fences to be seen.

Irish Times

John Potter [is] one of England’s most thoughtful and expressive singers of both early music and considerably more modern fare.


Conductus 1
Hyperion CDA67949

  • John Potter
  • Christopher O'Gorman
  • Rogers Covey-Crump
John Potter is one of the most experienced singers in the world for this kind of music and he is magically balanced by the glorious voice of the much younger Christopher O'Gorman. For the three-voice pieces the still impeccable Rogers Covey-Crump joins them … these are seriously classy performances'


Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the most complex, heart-on-sleeve music … it's hardly necessary to mention that the performances are superb,

(BBC Music Magazine)

Three tenors—John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump—deliver these explorations with unerring skill and conviction'

(The Observer)

Ear-opening performances...

(International Record Review)

Conductus 1
Conductus 2

Conductus 2
(Hyperion CDA67998)

This second provides an utterly arresting glimpse on a world that seems so utterly alien to ours as to render it truly sacred.

(International Record Review)

'John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump are musicians who are entirely inside the style and manage to present everything with impeccable taste and purity'


'The three singers blend beautifully and each is attuned to the character of this graceful music … the recording is detailed yet resonant, serving the needs of lyric clarity whilst evoking a pleasingly airy ambience'

(BBC Music Magazine)

Conductus 3
(Hyperion CDA 68115)

If this is new music to you and you are fascinated with the often unexpected development of Western music as it feels its way from plainchant to the polyphony of Pérotin, then these three CDs—sadly, this is the last—are for you. If you appreciate pure, fragrant yet confident singing of a repertoire which is as expressive and accessible as it has an unjustified reputation for being ‘remote’, then don’t hesitate. A small but bright jewel.

MusicWeb International

‘In this final volume of Hyperion’s Arts and Humanities Council-sponsored project, Potter and his fellow tenors give— alone or together, and with polished control—11 examples of the apparently infinitely flexible medieval song form. When most pieces consist of only a single musical line, refinement and intimacy are the bywords of this set’

The Sunday Times

La conclusion de la trilogie (cf. nº 607 et 620) éclairante mais austère montre le trio britannique toujours aussi à l'aise dans les différents styles d'écriture du conduit: mélismatique, syllabique ou bien avec de longues vocalises mesurées selon le principe en vigueur à l'époque.


Conductus 3
Ambrose Field: Being Dufay

Ambrose Field: Being Dufay
ECM New Series 2071 476 6948

'Here's a singer of such insight and imagination that everything he touches seems to turn to gold. In Dufay mode, with his friend the composer Ambrose Field, he delivers everything you'd expect, and more.'

Classic FM Magazine

'I can think of few singers quite so suited to such music'

BBC Music Magazine June 2009

'John Potter, whose beautiful voice seems to dominate the album at least emotionally…a vocalist of rare versatility and erudition…'Progression 17.4.09
'The full power of the digital Potter is unleashed towards the end where it explodes into full audio Technicolor.'

'One of the most hauntingly beautiful records of the year'

Allabout jazz

The Dowland Project | ECM New Series 1970 476 5780

(with John Surman saxes & bass clt, Stephen Stubbs lutes, Milos Valent violin/viola)

The point about the Dowland Project's work is less the repertoire than the freedom and telling immediacy with which it is performed. It isn't that the composer's notes aren't respected - rather they are interpreted and embellished by insightful musicians eager to dig beneath. John Potter's beautifully modulated light tenor summons timeless spirituality and sensuality.

Sunday Times, 20th April 2008 ★★★★

Forget crass labels like "crossover" - "Romaria" is as pure a musical experience as you're likely to have."

Gramophone Magazine, March 2008

With this, its third mesmeric and magical album, the Dowland Project applies its modus operandi - developing new realisations of early music through improvisation and experimental interaction - to a selection of pieces from the early-13th to late-16th centuries. Purists may quibble, but the results are convincing and, more importantly, utterly compelling and ravishingly beautiful.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2008 ★★★★★

With Romaria… new territory is broached: it's a stunning disc, in which the Project's particular brand of "crossover" is completely validated.


Yet another example of his trailblazing steerage and vision...

All About Jazz

Care Charming Sleep

Care Charming Sleep
ECM New Series 1803 476 052-2 The Dowland Project

(with John Surman saxes & bass clt, Stephen Stubbs lutes, Maia Homburger violin, Barry Guy bass)

mind-bending creativeness not only does Potter bend gender (he is a most unlikely nymph) but Barry Guy and John Surman bring a late-night jazz club feel

American Record Guide

Potter has one of the warmest, most expressive yet unmelodramatic tenor voices around.


Dangerously seductive stuff

International Record review

Natalie Wheen's Classical CD of the Year

Classic FM

A Sunday Times Record of the Year

Dowland: In darkness let me dwell
ECM New Series 1697 465 234-2 The Dowland Project

With John Surman (bass clarinet, saxophones), Barry Guy (bass), Maia Homburger (violin), Stephen Stubbs (lute)

A Sunday Times Record of the Year

No 5 in the New York Times list of best records of the year cited in Manfred Eicher's Grammy nomination

Audio (Germany) Classic CD of the Month

In Darkness let me Dwell is a rarity: a crossover project that is both defensible and listenable...Mr. Potter and company have added new instruments to old in readings balanced between the orthodox and the radical...

New York Times

Dowland: In darkness let me dwell
Peter-Anthony Togni: Responsio
Peter-Anthony Togni: Responsio
(ATMA ACD 22731)
Roger Marsh: Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire (NMC D127)
Roger Marsh: Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire (NMC D127)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (NMC D167)
Thea Musgrave:
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (NMC D167)

 The Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek (saxophone) 
 ECM 1525 445369-2 (1994) 
 [Gold discs from the UK, Germany, Norway, Austria & Switzerland] 

The Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek (saxophone) 
ECM 1700/01 465 122-2 (1999) 
(2 CD set) 

Songs of Love & Death
 (Frank Martin, John Paul Jones, Monteverdi, Brian Elias, Harvey Brough) 
 Red Byrd 
 Factory FAC 336 (1990) 

A Hilliard Songbook 
(Piers Hellawell, Joanne Metcalf, Barry Guy, James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt, Elizabeth Liddle, Paul Robinson, Veijo Tormis) Hilliard Ensemble 2 Cds: 
ECM 1614115 453 259-2 (1996) 

Erik Bergman: Bim Bam Bum
 New London Chamber Choir/Wood 
 Chandos 8478 (1986) 

Luciano Berio: A-Ronne, Cries of London 
Swingle 11 
Decca 425 620-2 (1976) 

Gavin Bryars: Vita Nova 
Hilliard Ensemble 
ECM 1533 445351-2 (1994) 

Gavin Bryars: Cadman Requiem
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Point 462 511-2 (1999) 

Gavin Bryars: Oi me lasso 
Gavin Bryars Ensemble 
GB Records BCGBCD05

Gavin Bryars: Lockerbie Memorial Concert 
Hilliard Ensemble
GB Records BCGBCD03

Mychael Danna: Lilies (soundtrack)
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Varese Sarabande VSD-5868 (1997) 

Giya Kancheii: Abii ne viderem
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1510 445941-2 (1995) 

Andrew Keeling: Quickening the dead

Roger Marsh: Albert Giraud's Pierrot Lunaire
Hilliard Ensemble/Red Byrd
NMC D127 (2 CDs) 

lvan Moody: Passion & Resurrection 
Red Byrd/Daniel Reuss 
Hyperion CDA66999 (1997) 

Arvo Pärt: Litany
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1592 449810-2 (1996) 

Arvo Pärt: Passio
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1370 837 109-2 (1988) 

DVD Arvo Pärt: St John Passion [Arthaus Musik 100248] (1988) 
[recorded live in Durham Cathedral] 

Arvo Pärt: Arbos
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1325 831 959-2 (1987) 

Arvo Pärt: Miserere, Sarah was ninety years old
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 847 539-2 (1991) 

Larry Polanski: 4 voice canons 
(with York Vocal Index) 
Cold Blue CB0011 (USA) 

Stravinsky: Les Noces
 New London Chamber Choir/Wood 
 Hyperion CDA66410 (1991) 

(compilation including Veljo Tormis' Estonian Lullaby)
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Island 314-524 441-2 (1997) 


Play of Daniel 
Dufay Collective
Harmonia Mundi USA

Dufay Collective
Avie AV0005
[Grammy nominated & Gramophone CD of the Year] 

A Scottish Lady Mass: Sacred Music from St Andrews 
Red Byrd 
Hyperion CDA67299


Magister Leoninus: Sacred Music from 12th century Paris
 Red Byrd/Cappella Amsterdam 
 Hyperion CDA66944 (1997) 

Magister Leoninus 2
 Red Byrd & Yorvox
 Hyperion CDA67289 

Sumer is icumen in: Medieval English Songs
 Hilliard Ensemble (1985) 
 Harmonia Mundi HMC 901154

Machaut: Mass de Notre dame 
Hilliard Ensemble 
Hyperion CDA 66358 (1989) 

The Old Hall Manuscript 
Hilliard Ensemble 
EMI CDC 7 54111 2 (1991) 
(Virgin 7243 5 61393 2 9) 

Miri it is: Medieval English music 
 Dufay Collective
 Chandos CHAN 9396 (1996)

Hilliard Ensemble 
ECM 1385 837 751-2 (1989) 

Music of the Gothic Era
 Early Music Consort/Munrow 
 Archiv 415 292-2 (1976) 

Music of the Middle Ages
 Early Music Consort/Munrow 
 DGG Classikon 439 424-2

Medieval Music
Sunday Times Music Collection
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Conifer ST4 (1994) 

Perotin & the Ars Antiqua
 Hilliard Ensemble 


Songs & Dances from Shakespeare 
Broadside Band 
Saydisc CD-SDL 409 (1995) 

Nicolas Gombert 1 (Missa Quam pulchra es + motets) 
The Sound & the Fury
ORF 463

Nicolas Gombert 2 (Missa Sur tous regrets + motets) 
The Sound & the Fury

Nicolas Gombert 3
 The Sound and the Fury ORF 3077 

Guillaume Faugues 1 (Missae Le Serviteur & Je suis en la mer)
The Sound and the Fury ORF 3025 SACD 

Guillaume Faugues 2 (Missae L'homme armé & Vinus vina vinum)
The Sound and the Fury ORF 3115 

Media Vita (Gombert Missa Media vita; Lamentations: de la Rue, Crequillon, Brumel) 
Vokalsolisten Ratisbona

The Triumphs of Maximilian
 (Songs from 16th century Germany) 
 Musica Antiqua of London 
 Signum SIGCD004 (1998) 

In Paradisum: motets by Victoria & Palestrina + 17th century French chant 
 ECM Ner Series 1653 457 851-2 

Lassus: Requiem & Prophetiae Sibyllarum
 ECM New Series 1658 453 841-2 

Dufay: Missa Se la face ay pale & motets
 Hilliard Ensemble 

Dufay: Missa 1'homme armé & motets
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 47628 2 (1987) 

Sweet-love, sweet hope
 (Dufay etc from Canonici 213
Hilliard Ensemble 
Isis CD030 (1996) 

Johannes Ockeghem 1 (Missae L'homme armé & Prolationum
The Sound & the Fury
ORF SACD 3024 

Johannes Ockeghem 2 ( Missae Ecce Ancilla Domini & My my)
The Sound and the Fury ORF 3130 

Johannes Ockeghem (Missae cuiusvis toni & prolationum)
The Sound and the Fury fra bernardo fb 1302202 

Firminus Caron 1 (Missae L'homme armé & Accueilly m'a la belle)
 The Sound and the Fury ORF 3057 

Firminus Caron Complete Masses & Chansons
 The Sound and the Fury fra bernardo fb 1207302 

Jakob Obrecht 1 (Missae Rosa playsante & Fortuna desperata)
The Sound and the Fury ORF 3048 

Marbrianus de Orto
 The Sound and the Fury fra bernardo 600 122 2 

Matthæus Pipelare 1
 The Sound and the Fury fra bernardo 130 920 2 

Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 49798 2 (1989) 

Ockeghem: Requiem & Missa mi-mi
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 429213 2 (1985) 

For Ockeghem: mass movements & tribute pieces
 Hilliard Ensemble 

Josquin: Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae & motets
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 49960 2 (1990) 

Pierre de la Rue: Missa Cum Iocunditate & motets
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 54082 2 (1992) 
 (Virgin 7243 5 61392 2 0) 

Pierre de La Rue 1 (Missae Ave Sanctissima Maria & O salutaris Hostia)
The Sound and the Fury ORF 3094 

Spanish & Mexican renaissance vocal music
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDS 7 54341 2 (1991) 
 (Virgin 7243 5 61394 2 8) 

Morales: Missa 'Mille regretz'
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Aimaviva DS0101 (1992) 

Walter Frye 
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1476 437684-2 (1993) 

The Art of the Netherlands
 Early Music Consort/Munrow 
 EMI CMS 7 64215 2 (1976/1992) 

Lassus: Missa pro defunctis; Prophetiae Sibyllarum
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1658 453 841-2 

Lassus: Motets and Chansons
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 49210 2 (1984) 

Lassus: Penitential Psalms 
Hilliard Ensemble 
EMI CDS 7 49211 8 (1986) 

Brumel: Victimae paschali mass & motets 
Hilliard Ensemble 

Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDS 7 49010 8 (1986) 

Sacred & Secular Music from six centuries
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 Hyperion CDA 66370 (1990) 

Music for Christian IV 
(16th century Danish music) 
Hilliard Ensemble 
BIS 389 (198718) 

Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 843 867-2 (1991) 

Gentil Madonna (Italian renaissance songs) 
London Pro Musica 
Cariton Classics 30365 00082 

A Florentine Carnival
 London Pro Musica/Thomas 
 Pickwick PCD 825 (1986) 

Music for all Seasons
 London Early Music Group/Tyler 
 RCA Red Seal RL 25159 (1978) 

Codex Specialnik (Prague) 
Hilliard Ensemble 
ECM 1504 447 807-2 (1995) 

Tailis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 ECM 1341 833 308-2 (1987) 

Byrd: Songs & Anthems 
Red Byrd 
Naxos 8.550604 (1994) 
(Naxos sampler Classic CD 14) 

Byrd: Songs of sundrie natures
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 47961 2 (1987) 

Tomkins: Consort Music 
Red Byrd 
Naxos 8.550602 (1995) 

Gibbons: Songs & Anthems
 Red Byrd 
 Naxos 8.550603 (1994) 

Draw on sweet night: English madrigals
 Hilliard Ensemble
 MI CDC 7 49197 2 (1988)
 re-released as 2-CD set English & Italian Renaissance Madrigals
 Virgin Veritas 7243 5 61671 2 4 

Dowland: Ayres 
Hilliard Ensemble 
EMI CDC 7 49805 2 (1989) 

Dowland: In darkness let me dwell
 with John Surman (saxes, bass clarinet), Barry Guy (bass), Maia Homburger (violin), Stephen Stubbs (lute

The Singing Club: catches etc 
Hilliard Ensemble 
Harmonia Mundi HMA 1901 153 (1985) 

Italian Renaissance madrigals
 Hilliard Ensemble
 EMICDC 7 54435 2 (1992)
 re-released as 2-CD set English & Italian Renaissance Madrigals Virgin Veritas 7243 5 61671 2 4 

New fashions: Cries & Ballads
 Red Byrd 
 CRD 3487 (1992) 

The Hilliard Ensemble (Ockeghem, Josquin, de la Rue, Lassus)
 Virgin Classics 50999 602532 2 4 (8 CD set of EMI re-releases) 

The Hilliard Sound: Renaissance Masterpieces
 Erato 825646327959 (3 CD set of EMI re-releases) 

Hilliard Live: the collection
 COR 16064 (Hilliard Live re-releases) 


English National Songs
 Broadside Band/Barlow 
 Saydisc CD-SDL 400 (1993) 

Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
 Teldec 4509-91183-2 (1994) 

Morimur - J S Bach 
Hilliard Ensemble 
ECM New Series 1765; 289 461 895-2

Bach:  Motets
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDC 7 49204 2

Sances: Missa Solicita & motets 
Musica Fabula 
ASV CDGAU180 (1998) 

 Tempro la cetra, Tirsi e Clori
 Teldec 4509-90798-2 (1993)

Monteverdi: Madrigali concertati
: Teldec 4509-91971-2 (1993) 

 Monteverdi:  L'Orfeo
 EMI 0777 7 64947 2 2 (1984) 

 Mannerist Madrigals
 (Monteverdi & D'India) 
 Chiaroscuro/Nigel Rogers
 Virgin 7243 5 611625 2 8 (1994) 

 Monteverdi Vespers 
Tragicomedia/Stephen Stubbs 
ATMA ACD2 2304/05 (Canada) 

  Balli & dramatic madrigals
 [includes I; Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda] Red Byrd/Parley
HyperionCDA66475 (1991); Helios CDH55165

Verse Anthems 
Clare College Cambridge 
Nicholas McGegan 
HMU 907053 (1992) 

 Lawes & Johnson: Orpheus I am 
EMI CDC 7 543112 (1991) 

 Purcell: Hark how the wild musicians sing
 Red Byrd 
 Hyperion CDA 66750 (1994) 

Blow: Awake My Lyre
 Red Byrd 
 Hyperion CDA66658 (1993) 

Schütz: Cantiones Sacra
cpo 999 405-2 (1997)

Schütz: Symphoniae Sacrae 1 
Concerto Palatino 
Accent ACC 9178179 D (1992)

 Schütz: Schwanengesang
 Hilliard Ensemble 
 EMI CDS 7 49214 8 (1985) 

Theile: St Matthew Passion 
London Baroque/Mediam 
Harmonia Mundi HMC 1159

5. Ancient History…

Handel: Dettingen Te Deum
 Paris University Orchestra/Grimbert 
 Calliope CAL 1688 (vinyl) 

 with Swingle II (vinyl)

Madrigals CBS 80147
Words and Music CBS 80554
Words and Music vol 2 CBS 81546
Rags and all that Jazz CBS 80947
Baroque CBS 69209
 Swingle 11 RCA RL25112 (a cappella)

CD re-release: Swing Sing Sony 88697 552462

 with Manfred Mann's Earthband

Angel Station COMMECD4 (1979) (vocal + arrangement) 

with Gentle Power of Song (vinyl): 

Peace Polydor 583017/DGG Privilege (late 60's...) 

Circus Polydor 583084 (even later 60s...) 

6. Record Production:

Trio Mediaeval: Soir dit-elle ECM 1869 476 1241
Trio Mediaeval: Stella Maris ECM 1929 476 3021
Trio Mediaeval: Words of the angel ECM 1753 461782-2

Trio Mediaeval An Old Hall Lady Mass 2L 175 (co-produced with Morten Lindberg)


 with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble: Gavin Bryars: Winestead

with Ambrose Field: Being Dufay

with Jacob Heringman (lute) Dowland: In darkness let me dwell 

 with the Alternative History Quartet: 

John Paul Jones: Cradle Song

Peter Warlock: Corpus Christi

E J Moeran: River God’s Song

Concerts & Bookings

For concerts worldwide, John Potter, The Alternative History Quartet and The Dowland Project are represented by:

Robert White Artist Management

182 Moselle Avenue


Tel: + 44 (0)208 881 6914


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