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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

A little Cornysh

We really enjoyed performing our programme of 15th-century English polyphony in Oxford and London! Here’s a clip from one of our rehearsals.

Fumeux Fume concert announced

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…

Concert video

We’re pleased to share with you a video of ‘Nectar et ambrosiam’ by Lassus recorded live at our recent concert.

Teaser video

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

Rehearsals start again

And we’re off! We are excited to get started on our next programme featuring Lassus and Gesualdo for performance in The Queen’s College chapel on 5th March!

Reviews

"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