Founded in 1989, Ex Tempore Ghent is a professional vocal ensemble aiming to provide clear and musically interesting insights into choral music from 1600 to the present, with a predilection for music of the 17th and 18th centuries (motets, cantatas, oratorios). Its flexible character enables Ex Tempore to realize such exceptional projects as performances of Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale and Schütz’s Kleine Geistliche Konzerte, modern compositions, and performances of unknown works by Romantic masters. In this way the ensemble is seeking to encourage the renewal and growth of the choral repertoire on an international level.
Some of the highlights of its early years were a Scarlatti project, a Flemish Opera (Antwerp) performance of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse which attracted wide notice, and an internationally acclaimed performance in Magdeburg of Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu. Important conductors, such as Reinhard Goebel and Sigiswald Kuijken have worked with Ex Tempore. The ensemble’s discography includes recordings of Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu, Handel’s St John Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Herzogenberg’s Passion and the cantatas of Goldberg. A collaboration with Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande resulted in a CD recording of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Christi.
With their “Kantata!” project, Florian Heyerick and Ex Tempore are endeavoring to bring the unknown choral works of the Baroque era back to life for a large audience.