Formed in 2011, Cappella Nova Mundi is a specialized choral ensemble based in Dover, New Hampshire (U.S.A.), and draws singers from across the New England region of the United States. The members of Cappella Nova Mundi comprise musicians whose training has mainly focused on music at the tertiary level, but also include scholars and professionals from other primary disciplines. All of the members, however, have in common a love of music-making in that most specialized of choral settings: the Chamber Choir.
Cappella Nova Mundi is particularly focused on the music of the Renaissance as well as modern works for chamber choir, although programs have included works from virtually all periods of music history. Cappella Nova Mundi has given many performances across the New England region, as well as on tour in Magdeburg and Leipzig, Germany, in 2015, where a particular highlight was a performance of Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, the great German composer’s workplace for 27 years.
The ensemble's first album far beyond the stars was released in 2017, and features the Missa de Sancta Cruce of Renaissance master Pierre de la Rue, as well as music by Victoria, Praetorius, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, and Parry. This same Mass was the centerpiece of an all la Rue program Cappella Nova Mundi presented at Boston Conservatory in June 2017 as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Many of Cappella Nova Mundi’s live performances can be viewed on this website under both Concerts and Recordings.
Cappella Nova Mundi is directed by William Kempster, who was also the director of the Canadian chamber choir Ensemble de la Rue.
Click this link for Dr. Kempster's complete edition of the music of Pierre de la Rue:
Pierre de la Rue: A 'Complete' Performing Edition (webflow.io)
See Concerts for information about upcoming live performances.
New Digital Release: Renewals and Reincarnations
December 15, 2023
Cappella Nova Mundi is excited to announce the release of our second album, Renewals and Reincarnations.
While concentrated on previously unrecorded works by Pierre de la Rue, this album also includes a choral arrangement based on the slow movement of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 132, set to a text by Rainer Maria Rilke.
More details can be found on our Recordings page, including where you can stream the album and how to download the fully-digital booklet.
Here is a special highlight from CNM's European tour in the summer of 2015 while participating in the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations held in Magdeburg, Germany.
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
by Michael Praetorious