Theatre of Early Music
Founded by artistic director and conductor Daniel Taylor, the Theatre of Early Music (TEM) are sought-after interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral repertoire from four centuries. Their appearances include stunning a cappella programs, with practices and aesthetics of former ages informing thought-provoking, passionate and committed reconstructions of music for historical events and major works from the oratorio tradition. Through their concert performances and recordings, the 10-18 solo singers offer a purity and clarity in their sound which has resulted in invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world’s leading stages. With Daniel Taylor, the Choir and Orchestra of the TEM are new visitors to the most renowned concert halls and festivals and are building an exciting discography.
The Theatre of Early Music is an ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians, sharing a particular passion for early music. Its formation is the result of a search by instrumentalists and singers for opportunities that would allow devotion and dedication to enter into the creative process. The core of the TEM consists of an ensemble based in Canada that is primarily made up of young soloists. Their distinctive style, coupled with artistic director Daniel Taylor’s expertise and enthusiasm, leads to captivating readings of magnificent but often neglected works. In various combinations, leading international musicians in the field perform on the platform provided by the Theatre of Early Music in concerts conducted by Daniel Taylor in its regular series in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, on tours around the world and on recordings. The TEM appear in some thirty concerts every year, recently having performed on stages in France, Argentina, Brazil, England and China. Most recently, the TEM led a successful North American tours that culminated with their debut at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. The calendar also included collaborations with Dame Emma Kirkby, concerts of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and ancient German music, as well as tours of Canada, the United States and South America.
Guest artists performing with the TEM include Nancy Argenta, Robin Blaze, James Bowman, Benjamin Butterfield, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Neal Davies, Alexander Dobson, Karina Gauvin, Michael George, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey, Dame Emma Kirkby, Suzie Leblanc, Daniel Lichti, Carolyn Sampson, Michiel Schrey, Stephen Varcoe, Deborah York and Agnes Zsigovics.
The Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music has released a dozen albums so far. The best-selling debut album The Voice of Bach was praised in Gramophone Magazine as “serious music-making of the highest order”. The disc received five stars from both BBC Music Magazine and Classic Music CD, was featured on BBC’s “Desert Island Discs” and received acclaim worldwide including reviews from the Times (London), the Globe and Mail (Toronto), the New York Times, the Guardian (London) and La Scena Musicale (Montreal).
Come Again Sweet Love was also very well received by the leading media critics, as was their 2014 album The Heart’s Refuge, which reached #1 on the Canadian classical music chart.