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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Early Music vocal ensemble Stile Antico perform sacred music from England’s Tudor period, March 7 in Harvard Square

ARTIST: Stile Antico (United Kingdom)
WHEN: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, Bow & Arrow Streets, Harvard Square, Cambridge
PROGRAM:  The Phoenix Rising: The Carnegie UK Trust and the revival of Tudor church music

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Thomas Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis
Byrd: Kyrie and Gloria (Five part mass)
Thomas Morley: Nolo mortem peccatoris
Orlando Gibbons: O clap your hands together
Byrd: Credo (Five part mass)
Robert White: Christe qui lux es IV
Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
Byrd: Sanctus (Five part mass)
Tallis: In ieiunio et fletu
Thomas Weelkes: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Byrd: Agnus Dei (Five part mass)
John Taverner: O splendor gloriae
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each, and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812.

The twelve young voices of Stile Antico are rapidly emerging as one of the most technically polished and stunningly beautiful Renaissance vocal ensembles in the world, with accolades and ovations from Boston to Lebanon and all points in between. They return to the BEMF stage with a program honoring the legacy of the Carnegie UK Trust, which is celebrating its centenary in 2013. From 1922 to 1929, the trust funded the publication of a ten-volume collection of Tudor church music, unearthing a wealth of extraordinary music that languished unperformed for centuries. Stile Antico draws entirely from these publications to create a program of timeless beauty, featuring works by Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Taverner, White, Morley, and Weelkes.  The highlight of the concert will be an exquisite five-part Mass by William Byrd, whose modern reputation as the greatest composer of the English Renaissance was founded on these pioneering editions.

Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting voices in its field.  Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America.  Their recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have enjoyed great success, winning awards including the Diapason d’or de l’année and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice attracted GRAMMY nominations. Their release Song of Songs won the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music and reached the top of the US Classical Chart.

Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result. Their performances have repeatedly been praised for their vitality and commitment, expressive lucidity and imaginative response to text.  Stile Antico’s repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque.  Their workshops and masterclasses are much in demand; they are regularly invited to lead courses at Dartington International Summer School and are currently Ensemble In Residence at the University of Buckingham.

Stile Antico’s engagements have included the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, major festivals throughout Europe, in Lebanon and in Mexico, and prestigious concert venues across the US and Canada.  The group has toured extensively with Sting, appearing throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East as part of his Dowland project Songs from the Labyrinth.  Stile Antico's 2013-14 season includes the world premiere of a new work by Huw Watkins at Wigmore Hall and the release of a ninth disc on the Harmonia Mundi label.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email