Music at 9th and Stewart is proud to present the world renowned ensemble Blue Heron. The vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as one of the Boston music communitys indispensables and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the expressive intensity of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. The ensemble also regularly performs earlier and later music, including a concert version of Guillaume de Machauts Remede de Fortune to a collaboration with A Far Cry featuring Gabriel Faurés Requiem and Le Cantiques des Cantiques for twelve voices by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, composed in 1952.
Blue Herons first CD, of music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007. In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, featuring world premiere recordings of music by Hugh Aston, Robert Jones, Nicholas Ludford, John Mason, Richard Pygott, and others. The fifth volume won the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music and a boxed set of all five discs, entitled The Lost Music of Canterbury, was released in September 2018. Blue Herons recordings also include the live disc Christmas in Medieval England and a CD accompanying the book Capturing Music: The Story of Notation by Thomas Forrest Kelly (W. W. Norton, 2014).