Blue Heron (Blue Heron Renaissance Choir)

Effective date for entry: 1/12/2021

Contact information

Mailing address:950 Watertown Street, Suite 8
West Newton, MA 02465


Professional chorus.

Blue Heron is a professional 8-15 person vocal ensemble which specializes in 15th- and 16th-century vocal music.

The ensemble combines a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practice. Blue Heron's principal repertoire interests are fifteenth-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, ranging from Dunstable and Du Fay through Ockeghem to Josquin; Spanish music between about 1500 and 1575; and neglected early sixteenth-century English music, especially the rich and unexplored repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks (c. 1540).

The ensemble has also reached outside these areas to perform very early music (organa by the twelfth-century French composer Perotinus), very recent music (new works by Elliott Gyger), and more, including the complete Eighth Book of Madrigals by Luca Marenzio, prepared for the international Marenzio conference at Harvard University in April 2006.

Blue Heron presents its own series of concerts in Cambridge, performs regularly at Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, and has appeared at other venues throughout the Northeast, including the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Its first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in March of 2007 on the Blue Heron label.

Music Director:Scott Metcalfe
Year founded:1999
Number of Singers:10
Voice parts:Adults, mixed

  • Auditions required
  • Commercial recordings

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