Contrapunctus and the Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford, directed by Professor Owen Rees joined forces earlier this month to present the opening evening concert at the AMUZ Laus Polyphoniae Festival in Antwerp. The festival brings the best ensembles from Belgium and abroad to perform polyphonic music according to historical performance practice.
The combined ensembles performed Taverner’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, one of the most important masses in late mediaeval English church music. The virtuosic piece was previously recorded by Signum Classics in 2018. More information about the album can be found on the Choir of The Queen's College website.
The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of music from Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works, including commissions. During the academic year the Choir provides the music for regular services in the splendid Baroque Chapel of The Queen’s College and its extensive concert schedule involves appearances in many parts of the UK and abroad, including work with various professional orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Brook Street Band, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and Instruments of Time and Truth. The Choir broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio, while tours in recent years have included China, the USA, Sri Lanka, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, the Low Countries, and Germany.
Contrapunctus is an early-music vocal ensemble dedicated to passionate interpretations informed by authoritative insight and understanding. Directed by Professor Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works.