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 the period and researching the rich history that underpins their composition and performance. We hope that our work will inspire further interest in this neglected repertory, and that our listeners will come to love the elusive musical traditions which we so fondly pursue!

Formed in Autumn 2018 by our director, James Tomlinson, the ensemble of eight singers delight in performing medieval music to the highest standards of choral performance, combining a conscientious approach to musical expression with historical insight and demonstrating ‘impressive control over challenging idioms’ (Edward Higginbottom, 2019).

Fount & Origin was awarded the Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary 2019–22, during which period the members of Fount & Origin worked closely with those of Stile Antico to develop exciting projects and performances, culminating with our debut record release (forthcoming, 2022).

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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.

Tickets available at eventbrite.co.uk (via the button below) or on the door by cash or card.

Latest news

Woefully Delayed

Sadly we have decided to cancel the upcoming Fount & Origin concert, ‘Woefully Arrayed’, due to unforeseen circumstances. We very much hope that you will join us when the concert…

Upcoming Concert in Rottingdean

We are delighted to bring our Christmastide programme ‘A New Star Shall Arise’ to the wonderful St. Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean on the 18th January, 7pm.
TMOAM Final Poster design

Concert at Norwich Cathedral

We are pleased to announce our next concert programme, The Moon of All Music, which explores the repertory of polyphonic laments from the 15th-century Franco-Flemish regions. This will be performed…

Machaut mass

We’re having great fun trying to assume the mindset of the 14th-century singer in preparation for our upcoming concert “Fumeux fume”. Hear our recording below as we experiment with period…


"James Tomlinson's group 'Fount and Origin' work in the field of a cappella polyphony, from Lionel Power to Gesualdo. I had the pleasure of attending their Oxford performance (Merton College Chapel, 9 February 2019) of Ockeghem's Missa Caput, interspersed with motets by Lionel Power. The programme in itself was intriguing, revealing two very different sides of compositional practice in the 15th century. It was hugely commendable to get this music off the ground. However, the event proved to be so much more than an admirable initiative. It was a very satisfying aesthetic experience. The group of some 11 singers handled the challenging idioms with real assurance. Technical and expressive qualities were strong. There was coherence and integrity in their approach. This was student music-making of a high order, revealing a professional approach, and a genuine enthusiasm for this often talked-about but seldom-performed repertory.”
Edward Higginbottom
11th February 2019