New Classics

Canty is Scotland’s only professional medieval music group and was formed by Rebecca Tavener in 1998, the 900th anniversary of the birth of Hildegard of Bingen. The group comprises the regular female singers with Cappella Nova, Scotland’s leading early music vocal ensemble. Together with regular collaborator, harpist William Taylor, they explore a unique repertoire combining Medieval music and contemporary works written specially for them. Dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, this new album features a programme of fifteenth century Irish plainsong, written about St Patrick and released to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. The apostle of Ireland was born under Roman rule in either the north of England or southern Scotland in the year 387 and died in Ireland, possibly on 17 March, in 493. This beautifully-produced album includes musical highlights for First and Second Vespers, Lauds & Matins, telling the miracle stories and legends of Ireland’s Patron Saint. The material has been especially researched and edited for Canty, and is recorded here for the first time. With texts newly translated from the original sources, this is a major addition to the early sacred music repertoire. The CD booklet contains much information about the music as well as full texts in Latin and English.