The Petrucci Ensemble was formed in Cambridge in 2003, and is one of Cambridge’s foremost vocal groups specialising in unaccompanied liturgical music from the Renaissance. Originally formed to explore the music of the Continental masters from the early and mid-1500s, more recently the group has been performing later music.
The group is made up of former members of some of Cambridge’s finest college choirs, including Trinity, Jesus and St Catharine’s. This common origin has great advantages for the singers’ blend and sonority. Members of the group have also performed regularly with such other choirs as the Renaissance Singers of London, the Cambridge Taverner Choir and the Joyful Company of Singers.
Ottaviano Petrucci, after whom the group is named, was a Venetian publisher at the turn of the 16th century. He was the first significant publisher of polyphonic music and made a huge contribution to the dissemination of the finest music of his time, including that of Josquin and Brumel. The printing technique he developed produced work of an elegance hardly equalled since, as can be seen top left.
As a significant but under-recognised influence on the musical world of the early 16th century we felt that it was appropriate to take Ottaviano’s name for our ensemble.
You can find biographical details of the members of the group using the links on the left. You’ll also find details of past and future concerts. You can join our mailing list or get in touch with us with comments or suggestions using the ‘Contact’ link or by introducing yourself after one of our concerts. We’d love to hear from you!