Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium, is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th – 18th century vocal music. The ensemble has been praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound. Critics have also commented on the ensemble’s enthusiasm in sharing its passion for early music with an audience. The majority of the group met at one of the most significant centres for early music in Europe: the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Vox Luminis has performed in festivals and venues in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Stour Music Festival, Cadogan Hall, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Gregynog Festival); Belgium (Nuits de Septembre de Liège, Festival de Stavelot, Juillet Musical de Saint-Hubert, Automne Musical de Spa, MA Festival Bruges, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, Laus Polifoniae Antwerpen, Festival Midis Minimes, Eté Musical de Roisin, Société Philharmonique de Namur); France (Festival d’Ambronay, Festival de Saintes, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, Festival de Saint-Michel en Thiérarche, Midsummer Festival d’Hardelot, Festival Contrepoints 62, Festival Musique et Mémoire de Luxeuil, Festival Musique et Natures en Bauges, Festival Bach en Combrailles); Germany (Ratinger Bachtage, Musikfest Stuttgart, Musikfest Bremen); The Netherlands (Oude Muziek Utrecht, Den Haag, Delft); Portugal (Centro Cultural de Belém) and Croatia (Varaždin Baroque Evenings).
Highlights with Vox Luminis this season include a visit to North America performing in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas, as well as a debut appearance at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds and a UK tour in May. The group make return visits to London’s Wigmore Hall and the Berkeley Early Music Festival.
Vox Luminis records exclusively for the Belgian Label Ricercar, now part of Outhere Music. The ensemble’s first CD, released in 2007, features four vocal works by Domenico Scarlatti, including his famous 10-part Stabat Mater. In May 2010 the ensemble released its second album, Samuel Scheidt: Sacrae Cantiones, which features several world premieres. Vox Luminis’ recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien has received several prestigious awards – Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year’, the ‘Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award’ and the ‘International Classical Music Award’. Their latest recording, released in May 2015, is a “deeply felt and atmospheric compendium” of the complete Bach family Motets. (Gramophone, July 2015). Other recordings have also received many awards throughout the world including, Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’, Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, Muse d’Or Baroque, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Joker de Crescendo and Prix Caecilia. Vox Luminis is very grateful to have the support of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles