Cambridge Taverner Choir
Owen Rees and I started the Cambridge Taverner Choir in 1986; it remains one of the country's few specialist Renaissance chamber choirs. For many years, we sang a series of four or five concerts each year in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge. We now sing fewer concerts each year - at least one in Cambridge and one in Winchester. Full details may be found at the choir's website, www.cambridgetavernerchoir.org.uk.
During our first 25 years we have explored the music of Renaissance Europe - in particular Spain (Victoria, Morales, Guerrero, Lobo), Portugal (Lobo, Cardoso, De Cristo, Fernandez, Magalhaes), Italy (Monteverdi, Palestrina) The Netherlands (Josquin, Gombert, Lassus) and England (Taverner, Sheppard, Tallis, Mundye, Byrd, Gibbons, Ramsey). We've also made a few forays into the Baroque (the Bach motets) and the 20th century (in particular Britten).
See the file below for some notes on the history and development of the choir, written for our 20th anniversary in 2006.
We've done well over 100 concerts in the last 25 years. The archive can be seen here. Here are some of the posters I've put together over the years:.
CTC CD Recordings
"Beautiful music, superbly performed" (Gramophone)
Our first CD, Music from Renaissance Portugal, reached the final six shortlist for the Gramophone Early Music Award. Our subsequent recordings, whilst not reaching the same dizzy heights, have all been very well reviewed. We will shortly release our fifth CD, a recording of Monteverdi's wonderful Missa In illo tempore. For further details of the recordings and to hear a sample track, click here
Monteverdi: Missa In Illo Tempore
New CD to be released in 2013
Missa In Illo Tempore