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).
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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