Contrapunctus, directed by Owen Rees, is an early-music vocal ensemble dedicated to passionate interpretations informed by authoritative insight and understanding. Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, Contrapunctus presents music by the best known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces.
The group’s repertoire is drawn from England, the Low Countries, Spain, Portugal and Germany, particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The scholarly facet of the group’s work – including the discovery of long-lost music and reconstructions of original performing contexts – allows audiences to experience the first performances of many works in modern times.
Since its foundation in 2010, the group has appeared in the AMUZ Festival in Antwerp, the Festival van Vlaanderen in Mechelen, the Eboræ Musica Festival and Setúbal Festival in Portugal, the concert series at De Bijloke in Ghent, and in the Martin Randall Festival of Spanish Music (Seville Cathedral). As Vocal Consort in Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, the group will be collaborating with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in 2013.
See the events page for details of the next residency programme