At a glance
One of the world’s great vocal ensemblesVancouver Sun
Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field.
Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, Diapason d’or de l’année, Edison Klassiek Award, and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice received Grammy® nominations.
Based in London, Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. The group enjoys a particularly close association with the Wigmore Hall and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique, Luxembourg Philharmonie and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Stile Antico is frequently invited to perform at Europe’s leading festivals: highlights include the Lucerne Easter Festival, the Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Wrocław Festivals and the Antwerp, Barcelona, Bruges, Granada, Utrecht and York Early Music Festivals.
Since making its North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, Stile Antico has enjoyed frequent tours to the US and Canada. The group performs regularly in Boston and in New York’s Music before 1800 and Miller Theatre series, and has appeared at Washington’s National Cathedral and Library of Congress, Vancouver’s Chan Centre, the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music, at Duke, Michigan, and Yale Universities, and in concert series spanning twenty-two US states. In 2010, Stile Antico made its debut at the Cervantino festival in Mexico.
Stile Antico is renowned for the committed and expressive performances that arise from its uniquely collaborative style of working: members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results. The group is also noted for its compelling programming, drawing out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music. In addition to its core repertoire, Stile Antico has given world premieres of works by John McCabe, Huw Watkins, and, most recently, Nico Muhly, whose Gentle Sleep was written to mark the group’s tenth birthday. Stile Antico’s diverse range of collaborators includes Fretwork and the Folger Consort of viols, pianist Marino Fomenti, orchestra B’Rock, and Sting.
Alongside its concert and recording work, Stile Antico is passionate about sharing its repertoire and working style with the widest possible audience, and its masterclasses and workshops are much in demand. As well as leading regular courses at the Dartington International Summer School, the group has been resident at Zenobia Música, and is often invited to work alongside ensembles at universities, festivals, and early music forums. The support of the charitable Stile Antico Foundation has enabled Stile Antico to expand its education work in schools, and to offer annual bursaries to talented young consort singers.
Highlights of Stile Antico’s 2017-18 season include a vist to Colombia for the group’s first concerts in South America, two tours to the United States, and a residency at Aldeburgh. The group’s twelfth recording for Harmonia Mundi, featuring Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories, is released early in 2018.
Today Stile Antico will perform in Birmingham, Alabama, marking the first concert they have given in the city. Read more
Stile Antico have announced the creation of a Youth Consort for up to sixteen budding choral singers. Read more
‘Divine Theatre’, Stile Antico’s latest recording on the Harmonia Mundi label, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gramophone Award for Early Music. Read more
Stile Antico will return to Spain to visit Madrid and the hill-top city of Avila in their upcoming tour in July. Read more
Stile Antico premiered their latest concert programme, 'Divine Consolations: Music of reflection and hope by Bach and his predecessors' this week at the Wigmore Hall. The programme marks the group's first journey into the music of J.S. Bach, and Tuesday's concert received critical acclaim. Read more
One of the world’s great vocal ensemblesVancouver Sun
There are a number of first-rate a capella vocal groups specializing in Renaissance polyphony. Their virtues are the same: balance, purity of voice, the finest feeling for drama. The groups are supported by deep scholarship as well as superb sound engineering. Stile Antico is without doubt among the very best of our generation in this genre, having delivered a flawless series of polyphonic masterpieces in interesting programs.Audiophile Audition
With Stile Antico so cleanly expressive, so lithe, so well integrated and balanced, this wonderful repertoire had the world’s best possible ambassadors.Geoff Brown, Arts Desk
Stile Antico was at its best, marshaling color, texture, and pacing to give shape to music that can otherwise seem gorgeous and inert. The Agnus Dei of the Mass was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.Boston Globe
... Stile Antico’s serenely radiant sound set the seal on a deeply satisfying recital.Classical Source
Stile Antico's rich tapestry of sound unfolded so naturally that I was able to stop listening critically and become transfixed by its beautyNational Public Radio, Washington DC
In short, this was a cappella heavenThe Independent
…the sensuous vocabulary vibrated with that mellifluous vocal bliss only possible with long rehearsals, close listening and constant eye contact. … Stile Antico’s pitch, unanimity and beauty never waveredThe Times
...the brilliant young Stile Antico...The sound was muscular, balanced, and completely vibrato-free, the musicianship impeccable...the programme had a lovely coherencThe Independent
…an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balanceNew York Times
…this remains a magnificent display of the very best kind of polyphonic music…the superb singers of Stile Antico are up to the challenge of presenting all the required moods…brilliantly sung – 5 starsBBC Music Magazine
Stile Antico are one of the brightest new stars in the firmament of Renaissance vocal ensembles…a heartfelt intensity and sense of commitment that make these moving performances very special indeedThe Telegraph
…reaches the very highest level. Their perfoamnce achieves a perfect balance beterrn polyphonic clarity and sense of colour. Breathing as one, the members of Stile Antico give an ideal luminosity to their singing... IndispensibleOpus Haute Définition, February 2007
Stile Antico is often touted as one of Britain’s finest early music a cappella choirs. With centuries of tradition behind them, it’s a hard accolade to uphold, but one that’s hard to deny.Arts Birmingham
Stile Antico is one of the finest vocal ensembles in today's concert scene and the voices blend as one... If you know this group, you will not be disappointed. If you do not, you must hear a remarkable singing ensemble.Fanfare
Selected Discography —
This selection of motets, mostly for five or six voices, is unexpectedly rich in imagination, variety, and often sheer joyful energy, and the performances boast a high-quality technical brilliance.
A Wondrous Mystery
You won’t hear finer singing anywhere; and the Praetorius and Handl pieces will guarantee you’ll return to this disc more often than just for the holidays.
Sing with the Voice of Melody
Fiona Maddocks, the Guardian
This compilation disc is an ideal introduction to their work: both to their refreshing approach to programming and to the refined but vigorous quality of their sound.
From the Imperial Court
David Fallows, Gramophone
Stile Antico reinforce their already formidable reputation: intonation and balance are always flawless; the sound of the voices is glorious, precise and absolutely crystal clear
The Phoenix Rising
Andrew Stewart, Sinfini Music
Stile Antico gives a pitch-perfect performance of the most ravishing works of Tudor polyphony.
Passion & Resurrection
David Vernier, Classics Today
This program and the first-rate performances should not be missed by anyone who loves Renaissance choral music. Highly recommended.
Tune Thy Musicke
Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times
The beautifully blended voices of Stile Antico give this music with all the intensity that its emotional content merits
Puer Natus Est
The New York Times
Stile Antico brings delicious balance and otherworldly beauty to this recording of music
…a formidable masterpiece
Related Media —
In monte Oliveti by Lassus- Stile Antico excerptIn monte Oliveti by Lassus, performed by Stile Antico View on SoundCloud
Woefully Arrayed by John McCabe - Stile Antico excerptWoefully Arrayed by John McCabe, performed by Stile Antico View on SoundCloud
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