Biographies

The following biographies may be used in concert programmes and other promotional materials.

Short:

Les Canards Chantants is an international solo-voice ensemble specializing in sacred and secular Renaissance polyphony. It has appeared on BBC One Countryfile singing 16th-century English latin, flash-mobbed Hardwick Hall to perform the music decorating the famous Eglantine Table, and brought soaring polyphony to venues ranging from the depths of Poole’s Cavern to the high altar of Soest Cathedral.

Full:

Les Canards Chantants is an international solo-voice ensemble specializing in sacred and secular Renaissance polyphony.  The ensemble was founded at the University of York in 2010 to explore the dramatic possibilities of the Venetian madrigal, where it was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award in 2012. Since then, the “singing ducks” have performed in venues as diverse as York Minster, Poole’s Cavern, The National Centre for Early Music, Paxton House, Soest Cathedral and Salters Hall.  The ensemble has gained a reputation for finding and airing little-known works, and for bringing all of its repertoire to life through exquisite ensemble singing, innovative programming and presentation.  Co-directors Robin and Graham combine their fluency in issues of historical performance practice with an ongoing commitment to making early music relevant and accessible to modern audiences.  In demand as research collaborators, Les Canards Chantants has appeared on BBC One Countryfile, created a music video of the Eglantine Table in collaboration with the National Trust and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and is currently working with the Chemical Heritage Foundation on the music in Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (1618).

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