Cappella Nova

  • Type Classical

Cappella Nova, founded in 1982 by Alan and Rebecca Tavener, has an unrivalled reputation as champions of Scotland’s unique treasury of early vocal music. The group is also “famous for its performances of contemporary music” (The Guardian), having commissioned and premiered more than 60 new works since 1986. These include John Tavener’s monumental three-hour oratorio, Resurrection (1990), broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (1994), which was the subject of seven short films for BBC2. 

Cappella Nova and its medieval offshoot ensemble, Canty, has made 15 CDs, all of which are ‘world premieres in modern times’. Besides appearances in many British festivals, the group has toured many times abroad, including several visits to Germany and France, and tours in Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Russia and the USA.

Cappella Nova is Vocal Ensemble in Residence at the University of Strathclyde and the group has shared the platform with many and varied distinguished groups and artists including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Dame Evelyn Glennie, St Petersburg Baroque Brass, Concerto Caledonia, Sheena Wellington, Sister Sledge, and the Scottish Ensemble.

Cappella Nova