ABOUT the ensemble
Fount & Origin is an early music ensemble specialising in vocal music of the late Middle Ages. We are committed to reviving unknown works from this period and evoking the rich cultural and liturgical history accompanying their glorious sounds. We hope that our work will inspire further interest in this neglected repertory, and that our listeners will come to love this elusive tradition as much as we do!
Formed in Autumn 2018 by our director, James Tomlinson, the ensemble of ten singers delight in performing forgotten and recently unearthed 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. The members of Fount & Origin are working closely Stile Antico to develop exciting projects and performances in the near future.
Our next event
Fri 13th Aug, St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford
The Sword and the Lily
Fifteenth-century music to meditate on Rogier van der Weyden's The Last Judgement
Join us for an evening of stunning fifteenth-century polyphony chosen to meditate on the Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden’s The Last Judgement (c. 1445). Hear music from the late Middle Ages by Ockeghem, Brumel, Martini, and Regis, in addition to several anonymous compositions last heard over 500 years ago. Learn about Van der Weyden’s painting and its moving context, and hear his powerful depiction of the apocalypse come to life though the drama of medieval polyphony.
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