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About – Quodlibet

About


Quodlibet of Canterbury is a vocal quintet based in Canterbury, Kent. Quodlibet has several musical meanings. One of them is ‘what you will’, which reflects the group’s large and wide-ranging repertoire spanning five centuries. Further variety is provided by using different combinations of voices, from solos to five-part harmony.

Most of its pieces are unaccompanied, but when necessary the group can provide its own accompaniment.

While many of its concerts include a mix of musical styles, Quodlibet enjoys bringing music of a chosen period to life by developing semi-dramatised and costumed events on particular themes: for example a candle-lit evening of music such as would have been performed at secret masses by the recusant Catholics in Elizabethan and Jacobean times, and a story based around the family that built Chilham Castle.

Quodlibet differs from most other comparable ensembles in that it specialises in secular music written for mixed voices – a wonderful repertoire that is all too often neglected. When performing sacred repertoire, most of which was written for an all-male choir, Quodlibet searches creatively for new qualities perhaps best brought out by a small ensemble of mixed voices.

Since it was formed in 2000, Quodlibet has sung at a variety of venues in Kent, as well as in London and further afield. It has given concerts in the Canterbury Festival and other festivals in the South East.

Quodlibet can be booked for public concerts, a proportion of which are given in support of local charities. It is also available for private functions such as wedding services and dinners.

For more information, or if you would like to book the group, do contact us.