The Brabant Ensemble takes its name from the Duchy of Brabant, an area now forming parts of northern Belgium and the southern Netherlands, from which the majority of its repertory is drawn. It was founded in 1998 by Stephen Rice in order to perform the so far under-exposed sacred music of the mid-sixteenth century, and in the past ten years has taken a leading role in the rehabilitation of composers such as Nicolas Gombert, Thomas Crecquillon, and Pierre de Manchicourt, all of whom it has recorded on Hyperion. Its recording of Mouton was Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s CDReview; earlier discs have been shortlisted for Gramophone Awards three times, and have won similar acclaim internationally.
The Brabant Ensemble is in international demand on the concert stage, having performed in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. In October 2015 the Ensemble returns to the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Ribeauvillé, Alsace, and in March 2016 will be heard in Munich in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek