“polished precision, [and] purity of execution” (Music and Vision, 2011)
Musica Beata is an Oxford based professional chamber choir with a particular interest in art beyond entertainment. As well as exploring innovative elements of performance, the group is keen to explore ways to engage audiences alongside the simple presentation of high-level musical performance, and to interact on a more fundamental level with those with whom we come into contact.
Comprising between 4 and 16 singers, the work of the choir is varied and diverse, from concerts to a specialism in masterclass and workshop environments, and a particular interest in the secular a cappella repertoire.
Since 2003, Musica Beata has been closely involved in an ongoing project with the Danish conductor Peter Hanke, developing and implementing the use of arts based learning and experiential masterclasses into leadership programmes. These sessions are designed to provide immediate and intuitive insights into the effects of the nonverbal elements of leadership behaviour, holding up a revealing and responsive mirror to allow the direct observation of leadership styles and approaches. This concept has proved extremely successful, and is now integrated into many of the executive education programmes at the Said Business School, as well as gaining currency in other parts of Europe.
The choir recorded its first commercial CD ‘Songs of Springtime’ in November 2011, which has now been released on the Acclaim label. After a successful trip to Denmark in August 2012, the choir will be going to Norway and Denmark in 2013.
The director, Paul Hedley, is an experienced consort singer, ex cathedral Lay Clerk, and also former General Manager of the Three Choirs Festival.