latest recording – released 28 july

You Did Not Want For Joy

‘You Did Not Want For Joy’ is Carolyn Sampson and Matthew Wadsworth’s third album together, featuring folk songs and ballads, as well as songs by Dowland, Campion, Purcell and Britten, plus a new commission by Nico Muhly – a setting of the text from Hildegard von Bingen’s ‘O viridissima virga’. 

The album is out on 28 July. Physical copies available to pre-order now via Presto Music



'An den Schlaf' by Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer

Recorded at St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London UK with Kristian Bezuidenhout at the fortepiano. Filmed by Andrew Mellor from AJM Productions in March 2022.

Wigmore Hall 2021

Clara Schumann Liebeszauber Op. 13 No. 3 performed at Wigmore Hall, London 2021


Oxford Lieder Festival, October 2020

(c) Stephen Page, fatkoala images


Why would any self-respecting woman perform Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben?

Schumann’s song cycle seems to have little to say about the realities of a woman’s life, but its emotional depths and the music’s sheer beauty still touch us.

Read Carolyn’s Guardian article explaining how her new recording gives its passive heroine a little more life.


From the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Tiny becomes grand in The Recital Hall. Great lyrics describing the undiscribable, an enchanting melody and a heavenly voice who brings it all together.


Purcell recording wins BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Year 2020

BBC Music Magazine has awarded the Signum release of Purcell’s King Arthur directed by Paul McCreesh, Recording of the Year 2020.

The recording features Carolyn alongside Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson, Rowan Pierce, Jeremy Budd, James Way, Roderick Williams, and Ashley Riches, accompanied by the Gabrieli Players.