The vocal ensemble Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations; the Boston Musical Intelligencer calls Blue Heron “a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century.” Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron (founded in 1999) ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire, including fifteenth-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, from Dunstable and Du Fay through Ockeghem to the generation of Josquin; Spanish music between 1500 and 1600; and neglected early sixteenth-century English music, especially the rich repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral.
The ensemble has performed as part of The Boston Early Music Festival (and on the BEMF Concert Series); in New York City on the Music Before 1800 Series as well as at The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art); at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition in California; at The Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; and at major venues in Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It will be featured in June as part of the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston. It has also performed concerts presented at Yale (The Institute for Sacred Music), Harvard, Tufts, Williams, Wellesley, and at many other notable New England institutions.
Most concerts take place at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. "Among the Boston music community's indispensables-it would be sheer folly to miss anything they put before the public." (Boston Globe)