This ensemble was established after several members of
New York Pro Musica Antiqua
and the director Frederick Renz founded the Early
Music Foundation in 1974.
The Foundation wanted to expose the public to dramatic
and musical performances that dated from the 11th to the 18th
century, encapsulating western works from periods that include
anything from medieval through to Classical. It didn’t take long to become
recognised and were very soon active at New York’s
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine as the Artist-in-Residence where they continue
to present their annual subscription series.
Early Music New York
is part of the enterprise known as Early Music Foundation and have previously
been known as New York’s
Grande Bande of Original Instruments and New
York’s Ensemble for Early Music. The have had their current name since
Now a nationally and internationally recognised group
of anywhere between 12 and 60 members, they are often called upon to appear
at various acclaimed venues and music festivals the world over. They stage medieval plays such as Daniel and the Lions and Le Roman de Fauvel
and musical/vocal performances using original instruments under the directorhip
of Frederick Renz.
Regular guests on American television and radio, they
are also active in the recording studio and have released in excess of 16
albums. These include A Baroque Christmas, A Bohemian
Christmas, Colonial Capers, A Dutch Christmas, Istanpitta!
A Medieval Dance Band, A Medieval Christmas, Music for Medieval Love, Music
of Renaissance Love, Music of Venice, A Renaissance Christmas
and So Quick, So Hot, So Mad.