The oldest of the three 'sister' ensembles directed by Contrapuncts Early Music's own David Acres, Counterpoint was founded in 1989 in Exeter (Devon, UK) by David to perform a capella works with as much emotion and attention to word-painting as possible. Its activities and following have steadily grown since then, with it now being recognized as one of the leading choirs in the south-west.
The group has not felt confined to any specific style of composition, and it is not unusual for music covering eight centuries to be sung in one concert. From plainsong in the mid-1220s to a new composition written specifically for the group, Counterpoint strives to provide a vivid and intriguing catalogue of music at concerts. As a result of this approach, Counterpoint has helped bring deserved recognition to several composers who are obscure and seldom heard in the south-west of England and in France.
Counterpoint's singers are drawn largely from south and east Devon, with many coming from the Exeter Cathedral Choir and Exeter University. As with Contrapunctus and The King's Counterpoint, the size of Counterpoint can fluctuate between 18 and 40 voices depending on the requirements of the occasion. The group has evolved into a tight core of 24 particular voices who regularly sing together, resulting in the creation of a distinctive and sympathetic sound that is instantly recognizable.
Under David's ongoing direction, Counterpoint continues to perform regularly at Buckfast Abbey in Buckfastleigh (Devon, UK).
We invite you to learn more about Counterpoint via the link provided below. And we hope the next time you visit Buckfast Abbey you'll look up Counterpoint - we'd love to see you there!