The Ricci Ensemble

A group of Cantabrigian singers performing sixteenth-century madrigals (often newly reconstructed) and Renaissance-infused new compositions

Who we are

The Ricci Ensemble is a newly emerging vocal group comprised of current and former choral scholars from the University of Cambridge, led by Fiammetta Fuller Gale. We primarily present programmes of rediscovered madrigals from sixteenth-century Italy. Newly reconstructed, these pieces offer a glimpse of the vibrant musical life enjoyed by Monteverdi and his contemporaries. The group is named after the Italian composer, Cesarina Ricci de Tingoli. 

At our first concert in April 2019, we presented reconstructed madrigals from Cesarina Ricci de Tingoli’s Il primo libro de madrigali à cinque voci (1597). Her only known publication, this book of madrigals survives incomplete, with two of the five parts missing. Ricci’s madrigals are a staple of the group’s repertoire, and a firm favourite with our audiences.

Here’s a taste of what we get up to: 

Cesarina Ricci de Tingoli’s ‘Nel discostarsi il sole’ from her Il primo libro de madrigali à cinque voci (1597)
A live recording from our concert in Jesus College Chapel in October 2019
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