2013 marked the 40th anniversary of one of the world’s most interestingly comprehensive musical organisations, the Taverner Choir, Consort & Players, whose pioneering work in period performance practice has achieved a fuller understanding of Europe’s vast musical literature. Under the leadership of their founder and director, Andrew Parrott, the ensembles have established a worldwide reputation for first-rate performances based on adventurous and uncompromising scholarship.
Taverner’s range of activity – concerts, recordings, films and publications – encompasses repertoire from over seven centuries – from early medieval music to new commissions, from intimate chamber music to large-scale choral and orchestral works. Yet it pursues each of its musical projects with the same, precise objectives, assembling whatever forces are necessary to reflect the ‘sound world’ and conventions within which the composer was working.
Though broad in its reach, the Taverner enterprise has remained small-scale, thereby retaining the flexibility and versatility which plays such a key role in its continuing success and evolution. Collaborations with other ensembles (the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Palatino, the London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) mark a trend which Taverner is keen to explore and develop further.