Location: Massachusetts, USA
Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, is this country’s leading Renaissance vocal ensemble, 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. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music. Blue Heron’s first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007. In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks; two discs have been released so far. All three of Blue Heron’s recordings have received international critical acclaim and the first Peterhouse CD made the Billboard charts.
Blue Heron presents subscription series in Greater Boston and in New York City and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; at The Cloisters, the 92nd Street Y, and Music Before 1800, all in New York City; and at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival.
Blue Heron is ensemble-in-residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University.