Stile Antico: Breaking the Habit


Venue Great Hall

Running time 90 minutes

Artist Stile Antico


£15 - £20 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 27th July 7:45 pm

Book online below

About this event

Music for Margaret of Austria, Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I performed by Stile Antico. From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before, commissioning music of exquisite beauty. The sixteenth century saw the first publications of music by female composers: often Italian nuns, whose convents supported musical groups of astonishing ability. Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, bringing life to Renaissance women through song.


Raffaella Alleotti – Exaudi Deus orationem mean
Maddalena Casulana – O notte, o ciel, o mar
Pierre de la Rue – Absalon fili mi
Alexander Agricola
-Dulces exuviae
Sulpitia Cesis – Ascendo ad patrem
Thomas Tallis
 – Loquebantur variis linguis
John Sheppard – Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria
Leonora d’Este – Veni sponsa Christi
Leonora d’Este – Ego sum panis
Leonora d’Este 
– Sicut lilium inter spinas
Maddalena Casulana – Vagh’ amorosi augelli
William Byrd 
– O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
John Taverner
 – Christe Jesu, pastor bone
John Bennet 
– All creatures now are merry minded
Richard Carlton 
– Calm was the air
Sulpitia Cesis
– Cantemus Domino
Raffaella Alleotti
-Angelus ad pastores ait
Joanna Marsh -New commission

Stile Antico’s time at Dartington is generously supported by an anonymous donor.


Don’t miss:

Emma Kirkby’s Birthday Concert
Stile Antico and Friends: Baroque Laments for Female Voices
Andrew Griffiths conducting A Venetian Vespers
Laurence Cummings conducting Handel’s thrilling Saul


Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, and the Edison Klassiek Award, and have twice received Grammy nominations. Stile Antico is marking its tenth anniversary with celebratory projects and performances: highlights include a birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall, landmark European appearances at the BBC Proms and the Antwerp, Bruges, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, and a collaboration with the Folger Ensemble in Washington DC and New York. “The singing is staggeringly beautiful, the balance meticulous.” The Sunday Times

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

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Phone: 01803 847070 |

Saturday 27th July

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.