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 Natsuyama.
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.