Les Canards Chantants was founded at the University of York in 2010 to explore the  dramatic possibilities of the Venetian madrigal. Their debut project culminated in a sell-out performance at the National Centre for Early Music in 2011, and they were awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to the musical life of the University. The “singing ducks” share a passion for finding and airing little-known Renaissance repertoire, and for building theatrical and cohesive programmes designed to help the audience listen past the barriers imposed by language, modern score and social context. Recent projects include a highly successful salon program “At Dowland’s Table” (lute song and madrigals in the round) and recording sixteenth-century devotional motets from facsimile in a recusant shrine.