vocal ensemble

Canty, Scotland’s only professional medieval music group, was formed by Rebecca Tavener in 1998, the 900th anniversary of the birth of Hildegard of Bingen, and it comprises the regular female singers with Cappella Nova, Scotland’s leading early music vocal ensemble. As individuals, the singers bring to the group a wealth of experience, both as soloists and as members of other distinguished ensembles. Together with regular collaborator, harpist William Taylor, they explore a unique repertoire combining Medieval music and contemporary works written specially for them. Their first CD Wings of Wisdom, featuring chant by Hildegard von Bingen and from medieval Scotland, was released on the Dorian label. Flame of Ireland (Sanctuary Gaudeamus) was their second recording and it features world premiere recordings of 15th century Irish chant for St Brigit of Kildare. Their third disc, Felix Femina – medieval Scottish polyphony(Sanctuary Gaudeamus) was described by Andrew McGregor as having a ‘transcendental quality that absolutely suits the music’ (CD Review, BBC Radio 3)

Canty has appeared in many distinguished festivals and venues at home and abroad, including the Edinburgh Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Edinburgh International Harp Festival, the International Celtic Congress (Bonn) and the National Centre for Early Music in York. The group’s diary is rapidly filling with concerts, residencies and workshops. Future projects include commissions from Sir John Tavener and other composers, leading to a new CD of contemporary and medieval music for Linn Records, along with further research and experimentation to develop a truly indigenous style of performance for Medieval music from Celtic homelands.

‘The quality of the voices is outstanding’ Early Music
‘Magical, mystical, even erotic’ The Scotsman
‘Intoxicating and truly spiritual ’ Jersey Evening Post
‘The singing is gorgeous’ American Record Guide
‘Voices that angels might envy’ Green Man Review
‘The combination of voices and instruments is spellbinding’ Early Music Today
‘Voices carrying clearly through the stonework like messengers from another age’ The Herald
‘Irresistibly attractive’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Serene timbres that would be the envy of similar medieval music groups’ The Irish Times
‘Superb artistry’ (Goldberg, for Flame of Ireland)

Canty are: Micaela Haslam, Anne Lewis, Rebecca Tavener, Joanne Wicks