Since its debut in 2002, EXAUDI has emerged as one of Britain’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano), EXAUDI is based in London and draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest vocal talents. EXAUDI’s special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, microtonality and experimental aesthetics. The ensemble draws inspiration for its sound, however, from that of early music ensembles—a strong but focused tone that is ideal for the performance of harmonically intricate contemporary music. Many EXAUDI programmes combine the new with the old, and the ensemble is equally in demand for its performances of music of the High Renaissance and early Baroque.
EXAUDI’s many international engagements have included Wittener Tage, IRCAM, Festival d’Automne, Pharos (Cyprus), Musica (Strasbourg), MAfestival (Bruges), CDMC (Madrid), MITO Settembre (Milan/Turin) and ConTmpo (Girona). The ensemble has also collaborated with many leading soloists and ensembles including London Sinfonietta (Birtwistle The Last Supper), CBSO (Boulez cummings ist der Dichter), Ensemble L’Instant Donné (Pesson cantate égale pays), Ensemble Modern (Eötvös SCHILLER: Energische Schönheit) and Ensemble InterContemporain (Poppe Interzone).
EXAUDI has appeared at many leading UK venues and festivals, including Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Soundwaves Brighton, City of London, Vale of Glamorgan, FuseLeeds and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, Dartington International Summer School, Kings Place, South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall and National Portrait Gallery. Recently the ensemble has developed particularly strong links with Aldeburgh Music, resulting in a number of concert appearances, broadcasts and residencies since 2006. EXAUDI broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3, and has released critically acclaimed recordings of Michael Finnissy, Elisabeth Lutyens, Howard Skempton and Christopher Fox on the NMC, Metier and Mode labels.