Stile Antico burst onto the musical scene in July 2005 with competition success at the York Early Music Festival, and in a single decade has established itself as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. The group marks its tenth anniversary season in 2015-16 with a series of celebratory concerts and projects, including a birthday recital at the Wigmore Hall, a BBC Proms appearance, tours to the US, performances at some of Europe’s leading festivals, and the release of its tenth disc, A Wondrous Mystery. Stile Antico’s record label Harmonia Mundi celebrates this milestone by drawing on the group’s already formidable legacy of prize-winning recordings to create a tenth-anniversary compilation album, and by reissuing its breathtaking debut disc, Music for Compline. Meanwhile, the group looks to the future with the recent launch of the charitable Stile Antico Foundation, a bursary for young singers, and a collaboration with DIAMM on the reconstruction of Tudor repertoire.
Key Events in 2015
5th June: Stile Antico launches its anniversary celebration with a performance of Music for Compline at the Spitalfields Festival. The concert also marks the launch of the group’s compilation album Sing with the Voice of Melody.
16th July: Exactly ten years after its York Early Music Festival competition success, Stile Antico celebrates with a special performance of Music from the Sadler Partbooks at the Oundle Festival, in collaboration with AHRC.
27th November: Stile Antico celebrates its birthday at the Wigmore Hall with the premiere of Nico Muhly’s Gentle Sleep,commissioned for the occasion.
Stile Antico is one of those ensembles who have the musical alchemy to turn all that they do into gold. And their sound for me is one of the loveliest things in music.
Bob Chilcott, composer and conductor
Dearest Stile Antico! Congratulations on your ten, magnificent, harmonious years! May you continue to bring your glorious voices in beautiful song to the world, which so desperately needs it! BRAVI!
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano