News – Stile Antico Early Music Vocal Ensemble Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:56:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ensemble Development Bursary recipients announced Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:32:45 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico is delighted to announce that the recipient of its inaugural Ensemble Development Bursary will be Fount & Origin, an Oxford-based vocal consort specialising in late-medieval and early-renaissance music.

Fount & Origin stood out from a very strong field of applicants through its enthusiasm for an often-neglected part of the repertoire, its strong academic credentials, and the high quality of its performances. The group will receive £1,500 towards a project of its choosing, as well as coaching and mentoring from Stile Antico over a two-year period.

On hearing the news, director James Tomlinson said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary 2019-2021, and we are very excited to work with Stile Antico to bring the repertory which we love to a wider audience. We are very grateful that we have been given the opportunity to pursue wonderful projects over the next two years and would like to thank everyone involved in the provision and awarding of the bursary.”

We are really looking to working with the members of Fount & Origin, and are grateful to the Stile Antico Foundation for its financial support in making this bursary possible.



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Stile Antico appoints new low bass Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:49:21 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Harrison as the group’s lowest bass. He replaces Tom Flint, who has returned to his native Australia with his family, after five years with the ensemble.

Nathan read music at Cardiff University where he was a principal study pianist, before switching his focus to choral music and training with the Genesis Sixteen and National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship programmes. He has quickly made his mark in the professional world, singing with such ensembles as the Sixteen and St Martin’s Voices.

As part of his trial for the position, Nathan has already sung with Stile Antico at concerts in London’s Gresham Centre, Boxgrove Priory, and on tour in the US in Kansas City, Dallas and Lubbock, TX. His first engagement as an official member of the group will be a high-profile occasion: a live-streamed Valentine’s Day performance of Song of Songs from London’s Wigmore Hall!

On hearing that he had been offered a place in the group, Nathan said: “I am completely thrilled to become a full-time member of Stile Antico. I am hugely looking forward to the opportunities that I will experience with the group, particularly the chance to travel and see different parts of the world.” We are all looking forward to making music with Nathan over the years to come!

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New Ensemble Development Bursary announced Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:14:59 +0000 Stile Antico has launched a new Ensemble Development Bursary aimed at young early music groups at the outset of their professional careers. For all the details, please visit our bursary page. The deadline for applications is 28th February 2019.

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Passing on the folder Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:29:48 +0000 continued]]>

It is with sadness and enormous gratitude that we announce that Matthew O’Donovan, a member of Stile Antico since its very earliest days, has decided to leave the group in the summer, as he welcomes a new addition to his family. As a stalwart bass, programmer, writer of programme notes, resident theologian, and much, much more, Matthew has contributed immeasurably to the success of the group, and he leaves with our thanks and very best wishes. We are delighted that James Arthur, who has frequently deputised when Matthew’s commitments at Eton College have prevented him from singing with us, has agreed to become the group’s new member. James has long been a loyal friend of Stile Antico, and we look forward to welcoming him to his new position in August, following Matthew’s last concert at the Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp.

Matthew writes:

“It has been a huge privilege to be part of Stile Antico since our first concert together in Oxford 17 years ago. There have been so many marvellous memories of wonderful music-making in beautiful places it is hard to pick a favourite – though one highlight must be singing in the ancient church of St John Mark in Byblos, Lebanon (amongst the longest-inhabited cities in the world), and another an extraordinary afternoon of pre-concert January tobogganing in Estonia. It is sad to be leaving, though I’m delighted that my place will be taken by James Arthur, who has already had a long association with the group. I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend more family time in between school terms – our first child is due in July – as well as pursuing one or two other interests which have been on the back burner for a while!”

James writes:

“It has been a great honour for me to act as Matthew’s deputy in Stile Antico over the last ten years.  This fortuitous role has allowed me the opportunity to work alongside a group of incredibly talented musicians, during which time they have taught me a huge amount about how to approach the repertoire through their unique way of working. I am incredibly grateful for their unfailing generosity and friendship as colleagues, and it is with great delight, excitement, and some trepidation, that I have accepted their invitation to replace Matthew when he leaves later in the year.  I wish Matthew the very best for all his future projects, not to mention his new role as a parent!”
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Stile Antico to appear at GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:18:49 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico is thrilled to have been asked to perform at the Premiere Ceremony for the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The group are the only classical performers to be named on the bill for the GRAMMYs , which take place in New York City’s Madison Square Garden in celebration of the awards’ 60th anniversary.

Stile Antico has been nominated for their disc Divine Theatre, featuring the music of Giaches de Wert, in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category. This is the group’s third nomination for the GRAMMY Awards.

The Premiere Ceremony takes place from 3-6pm ET on Sunday, 28th January, and will be live streamed at Please keep abreast of all the latest news from the group’s trip to NYC via their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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2017-8 Bursary Recipients Announced Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:00:51 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico is delighted to announce that the recipients of its 2017-8 Young Singer Bursaries are soprano Elizabeth Gornall and tenor Chris Why.

The bursaries, supported by the Stile Antico Foundation, are designed to give emerging singers a significant opportunity to gain experience within a world-class vocal consort, to engage with the particular challenges and rewards of working without a conductor, and to make invaluable contacts within the wider profession. Having been chosen from a very strong field of applicants, Elizabeth and Chris will participate in Stile Antico rehearsals and be mentored by members of the ensemble. They will also receive £500 each towards singing lessons and other development costs.

On hearing the news, Elizabeth Gornall, who trained in the choir of King’s College, London, wrote “I am very much looking forward to being involved in such an exciting project”. Meanwhile Chris Why, currently reading music at Sheffield University and singing in the choir at Wakefield Cathedral, writes “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been awarded one of the Stile Antico Young Singer Bursaries for this year – it’s a brilliant opportunity to sing with such a highly skilled and prestigious group. I particularly look forward to the mentoring I’ll receive from Tom, but also to gaining invaluable practical experience with the group during their rehearsals”.

Many congratulations to Elizabeth and Chris – we are all looking forward to working with them over the coming season.

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Last chance to apply for Young Singer Bursaries Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:15:37 +0000 continued]]> There are just four days left to apply for our 2017-18 Young Singer bursaries! We asked current bursary holder Sacha Fullerton to explain why young singers should be interested:

If you are considering a career in any kind of choral singing, this bursary scheme is the ideal way to learn about the various challenges of singing in a conductor-less ensemble, and also to make invaluable contacts in the early music world- it is a truly unique opportunity and not one to be missed!

The bursaries are made possible through the generosity of the Stile Antico Foundation, and offer awards of £500 to two promising young singers in the final stages of their training or at the outset of their professional careers. In addition to the bursary sum, which is intended to fund singing lessons and other a costs, the successful applicants will be invited to participate in rehearsals with Stile Antico, and will mentored by members of the ensemble. To apply, please send your CV (including the names of two referees), a recording of a solo song, and a letter outlining your reasons for applying and how you propose to spend the bursary sum to by midnight on Sunday 17th September. Audio recordings are preferred, but we will accept video submissions providing that the sound is of sufficient quality.

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Stile Antico Youth Consort launched Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:22:47 +0000 continued]]> Thanks to the support of the Stile Antico Foundation, Stile Antico is thrilled to announce the launch of a Youth Consort. Over a series of four sessions this Autumn, up to sixteen young singers will be coached by members of Stile Antico with the aim of developing their ensemble skills, musical interpretation, and knowledge of Renaissance repertoire. The Consort is open to singers who already have experience of choral singing, and who are competent sight-readers. The suggested age range is 15-19, but applications from singers outside this age range will also be considered.

For full details and information about how to apply, please visit our Youth Consort page.

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Teaching, and two world premieres! Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:51:11 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico has just finished a busy fortnight of teaching and performing. First, the group performed concerts in Madrid and Ávila before joining the Zenobia Música Summer School for the first time, where they coached groups on music by Victoria and Lobo.

On their return, the group headed to Dartington International Summer School, where in addition to coaching the Vocal Ensembles class in madrigals from the Musica transalpina, they gave two concerts. The first, In a strange land, included a very special encore: the first performance of Reasons, Briefly Set Down by former member Jim Clements. Commissioned with funds from the Stile Antico Foundation, Jim’s piece sets words from William Byrd’s preface to his Psalms, Sonnets and Songs of 1588.

For their second concert, members of the group presented the premiere of Peter Oswald’s new texts to Dowland’s instrumental Lachrimae Pavans. These compelling words relate the experiences of migrants and refugees, and proved extremely powerful when combined with Dowland’s extraordinary music. In between the Pavans, singer Merit Ariane Stephanos, composer/improviser Stevie Wishart and Dartington’s Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor provided reflections and improvisations.

Finally, the group took the solo parts in the week’s closing concert, a performance of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi, conducted by tenor Andrew Griffiths.



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‘Divine Theatre’ nominated for Gramophone Award Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:02:31 +0000 continued]]> Stile Antico is thrilled that its latest disc ‘Divine Theatre’ has been nominated for the Gramophone Award for Early Music. The disc explores the remarkable sacred works of Giaches de Wert, and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with the Financial Times praising the disk’s “sheer joyful energy” and “technical brilliance”. The winner will be announced on September 13th.

Stile Antico previously won the Gramophone Award for Early Music in 2009 with ‘Song of Songs’.

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