Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Stile Antico burst onto the musical scene in July 2005 with competition success at the York Early Music Festival, and in a single decade has established itself as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.
The group marks its tenth anniversary with a series of celebratory concerts and projects spanning the entire 2015-16 season, including a birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall (featuring the premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly), landmark European appearances at the BBC Proms and the Bruges, Utrecht and Antwerp Early Music Festivals, and two tours to the USA.
Dearest Stile Antico! Congratulations on your ten, magnificent, harmonious years! May you continue to bring your glorious voices in beautiful song to the world, which so desperately needs it! BRAVI!
(Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano)
Harmonia Mundi USA marks this milestone by drawing on Stile Antico’s already-formidable legacy of prize-winning recordings to create a tenth-anniversary compilation album, Sing with the Voice of Melody, each of whose twelve tracks was selected by a member of the group. The label also celebrates by reissuing Stile Antico’s Grammy®-nominated 2007 debut Music for Compline, the disc through which the group established its international reputation.
Stile Antico’s tenth recording, A Wondrous Mystery, featuring a mouthwatering selection of Christmas music from Germany and Flanders, will be released late in 2015. The disc includes a mass by Clemens non Papa and carols by Praetorius, Eccard, Handl and Hassler.
Stile Antico has made an outstanding contribution to our international musical life over the past ten years. It has been a huge pleasure to watch the ensemble develop and thrive, year after year. Long may their vital music-making continue to flourish, opening our ears to glorious repertoire in an intimate setting. It has been such an exciting decade and the best is probably yet to come!
(John Gilhooly OBE, Director, Wigmore Hall; Chairman, Royal Philharmonic Society)
As well as celebrating its work to date, Stile Antico’s tenth anniversary sees the group look to the future with the expansion of the recently-launched Stile Antico Foundation, the creation of bursary for young singers, and a collaboration with DIAMM on the reconstruction of Tudor repertoire.
Stile Antico is one of those ensembles who have the musical alchemy to turn all that they do into gold. And their sound for me is one of the loveliest things in music.
(Bob Chilcott, composer and conductor)
5th June 2015: Stile Antico launches its anniversary celebration with a performance of Music for Compline at the Spitalfields Festival. The concert also marks the launch of the group’s compilation album Sing with the Voice of Melody.
16th July 2015: Exactly ten years after its York Early Music Festival competition success, Stile Antico celebrates with a special performance of ‘Music from the Sadler Partbooks’ at the Oundle Festival, in collaboration with AHRC.
27th November 2015: Stile Antico celebrates its birthday at the Wigmore Hall with the premiere of Nico Muhly’s Gentle Sleep, commissioned for the occasion.
For full details, see our concerts listing.
5.6.15 Spitalfields Music, London, UK
6.6.15 Salisbury International Festival, UK
24.6.15 Köln, Germany (Martin Randall Travel)
5.7.15 Festival d’Arts Sacrés d’Evron, France
16.7.15 Oundle International Festival, UK
23.7.15 Ryedale Festival, UK
1.8.15 MAFestival, Bruges, Belgium
15.8.15 Cambridge, UK
16.8.15 BBC Proms, UK
23.8.15 Laus Polyphoniae, Antwerp, Belgium
28.8.15 Laus Polyphoniae, Antwerp, Belgium
29.8.15 Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Holland
22.9.15 Rye Arts Festival, UK
26.9.15 Les Riches Heures de Valere, Sion, Switzerland
29.9.15 Oxford (Martin Randall Travel)
30.9.15 North Wales International Festival
1.10.15 Oxford (Martin Randall Travel)
3.10.15 Wigmore Hall (Family Concert), London, UK
8.10.15 Wigmore Hall (Schools Concert), London, UK
27.11.15 Wigmore Hall, London, UK
January 2016: Tour to the US
Further dates will be added to this page as they are confirmed.