Quondam is a Latin word which means ‘in other times’ and defines the soul of this voice group specialised in Spanish Renaissance music.
The name is inspired on the legend ‘Magalia Quondam’ carved in Stone next to the Wall of the Castillo de Magalia in Las Navas del Marqués, a town in whose International Music Festival it is the resident ensemble.
Quondam counts with some of the best professional Spanish and European singers conducted by maestro Rupert Damerell.
Quondam leads the project #18Victoria20 which, promoted by Patrimonio Nacional and Zenobia Música, intends to achieve that the twenty masses by Victoria are performed between 2018 and 2020 in the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales de Madrid and where it has already performed a concert.
Quondam has been invited to an important international festival in Asia in spring 2019 and has foreseen working that same year under the baton of Peter Phillips (conductor of the Tallis Scholars) in new performances linked to Victoria work and composers from the Spanish Renaissance.
Its most recent performance was in July 2018 in the IX Festival internacional de Música de Las Navas del Marqués.
Rupert Damerell, Conductor
Rupert Damerell started his musical experience in the Choir of Windsor Castle Chapel at the age of 8, where he started his organ studies. After completing his education in the famous college of Eton, he studied violin in the Juilliard School of New York, an instrument which he played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
He has a degree in Musicology from the University of Cambridge and organist from the Royal College of Organists of London.
During his university period he participated in the famous King’s College Choir of Cambridge, under the baton of Stephen Cleobury, later on participating in the Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, American Cathedral of Paris Choirs, among others.
His great musical versatility is thanks to his studies with the following teachers: violin: Jean Harvey and Clarence Myerscough (Royal Academy of Music, London), Dorothy Delay (Juilliard School, New York) and Wolfgang Marschner. Piano: David Owen Norris and Jean Harvey (Royal Academy of Music, London) and Stephen Bishop Kovacevich. Organ: Thomas Trotter, Stephen Cleobury, John Harper and Naji Hakim. Singing: Ashley Stafford (Royal College of Music, London), Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb and Michael Chance. Choral Conducting: Anthony Hopkins, Stephen Cleobury, Peter Phillips and Paul Goodwin.
He has collaborated by singing in different early music ensembles in Europe, among them worthy of mention is Huelgas Ensemble, Paris Opera Theatre, Los Músicos de su Alteza, Alamire and Ensemble Plus Ultra.
Conductor of several choirs in Spain, like Zenobia Consort, Zenobia Scholars and the professional choir Quondam, he regularly works in projects with known maestros like Peter Phillips, Stephen Layton, Stephen Cleobury, David Skinner, Michael Noone or Erik Van Nevel. He has conducted these choirs in festivals like Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Roma Festival Barocco, Sounds Sublime Festival of London organised by The Sixteen, Festival de Música Sacra de la Comunidad de Madrid, Festival de Música Sacra de Badajoz, Festival Internacional de Música de Las Navas del Marqués, Festival de Música Sacra de Segovia and the I Ciclo de música Tomas Luis de Victoria en las Descalzas Reales.
Among the stages where he has been able to conduct and/or play the organ, are the Vatican Main Chapel, Cathedral of Nôtre Dame of Paris, Westminster Cathedral in London, St. John’s College Chapel and Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge, Istituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra de Roma, Basílica Santa Maria Maggiore, Iglesia de Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, Catedral de la Almudena, Auditorio Nacional de Música, etc.
Between 2013 and 2018 he has co-directed six summer singing courses with Peter Phillips (conductor of the Tallis Scholars) which have been authorised to be called Tallis Scholars Summer Course.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 he worked with Stephen Cleobury (King’s College, Cambridge) in choral seminars in Madrid about Christmas music.
He is co-director of the Festival Internacional de Música de Las Navas del Marqués since 2010 and has conducted from 2011 each summer the Semana Internacional de Canto where groups like Ensemble Plus Ultra, Alamire, Stile Antico and Voces8 have collaborated as teachers.