Rebecca Tavener


Rebecca Tavener (soprano) is a specialist in medieval, renaissance, and contemporary music. Co-founder and Creative Director of the professional vocal ensemble Cappella Nova, she also founded and directs Scotland’s only professional medieval/contemporary ensemble, Canty. She has recorded, broadcast and toured widely with both groups in the USA and Europe, including many specialist music festivals, both as ensemble singer and soloist.  She has taken part in more than one hundred world premieres, including major works by Sir James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener, mostly commissioned by her, and has given many ‘world premieres in modern times’ of significant early works including several unique medieval plainchant Offices for Celtic saints from Scottish and Irish sources. With Canty she is engaged in the process of re-creating aspects of performance practice for medieval sacred material from ancestral Celtic homelands. A discography of twenty titles from both groups maps three decades of engagement with medieval, renaissance, and contemporary sacred music.

Rebecca writes articles on early and contemporary music as well as reviews of recordings, books. and sheet music for a variety of specialist music journals. She is Early Music Editor of Choir & Organ Magazine.  Rebecca is presently working on her own performing edition of the music of Abbess St Hildegard von Bingen. The direction of music workshops, adult education classes, and individual singing tuition is also a significant part of her work. Her multi-media work includes collaborating with visual artist Maria Rud in music and live art events under the Art AnimOtion banner.