ABOUT the ensemble
Fount & Origin is a new Oxford-based early music vocal ensemble specialising in late-medieval and early-renaissance music. We are committed to performing lesser-known works from this period and exploring the rich cultural and liturgical history that accompanies the music. We hope that our work will inspire further performance and interest in this neglected repertory.
Formed in Autumn 2018 by our director, James Tomlinson, the ensemble of a dozen students and young professionals delight in reviving forgotten and underperformed early music to the highest standards of choral performance, combining clarity of tone with an expressive wit, and demonstrating “impressive control over challenging idioms” (Edward Higginbottom, 2019).
Fount & Origin has been awarded the Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary 2019-2021, for which the members of Fount & Origin will be working closely with those of Stile Antico to embark on exciting projects and performances in the near future.
Our next event
The Quest for English Polyphony through the 15th Century
29th May in Oxford & 1st June in London
Fumeux Fume concert announced (11/05/19)
Join us in St Mary Magdalen’s Church for a programme of dazzling French songs from the late 14th century, as well as the famous Messe de Nostre Dame by the great poet-musician, Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300 – 1377). More details here.
Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary (14/03/19)
We are delighted to announce that Fount & Origin has been awarded the 2019-2021 Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary. We are very much looking forward to working with Stile Antico over the next two years!
Concert video (05/03/19)
We’re pleased to share with you a video of ‘Nectar et ambrosiam’ by Lassus recorded live at our recent concert.
Teaser video published! (19/02/19)
Check out this teaser video for our next concert, ‘Qui Timet Deum’ – this clip features some Gesualdo, filmed at our Saturday rehearsal in Queen’s College Chapel
Concert video (15/02/19)
We’re pleased to share with you the Kyrie from Ockeghem’s Missa Caput, recorded live in concert on 9th Feb. We hope you enjoy!