Cappella Stella Maris (2008) is a vocal ensemble in The
Hague of enthousiastic amateur and semi-professional
singers. Our focus is early baroque, renaissance,
medieval and gregorian church music, wich we choose to
treat and perform in an authentic setting cfr. location,
yet in touch with the latest developments of early music
interpretation. Our 'maestra di cappella' is Mikae
Our repertoire covers works of renowned renaissance and
early polyphony composers as Guillaume Dufay,
Palestrina, Francisco Guerrero, Brumel, de Victoria,
etc. Earlier on we dive into the illustrous manuscripts
of medieval Flandres, England, France, Germany... (e.g.
the Libre Vermell de Montserrat, the Winchester Tropers)
and study with the original Gregorian notation and
neumen scripts that provide us musical information that
cannot be obtained by modern transcriptions.
Rather than `easy singing`, we surch for an authentic
performance of high level, respecting the qualities of
each individual in the ensemble. During rehearsals a lot
of attention is paid to the musical background and
context of the repertoire. In order to treat each
periodical aspect of a piece we use, amongst others,
singing techniques of that period, for instance the
modal singing technique.