Polyhymnia - John Bradley, Director


Personal Summary / Bio

Polyhymnia is a small ensemble of singers focusing on historically informed performance of sacred music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. The singers that comprise the ensemble are drawn from many sources, including some of the finest church choirs in New York. Past and present members have sung with Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Saint Luke in the Fields and Holy Apostles. Originally artists-in-residence at Saint John’s in the Village, the ensemble moved to its current home at Saint Ignatius of Antioch in 2003, when the ensemble and its audience outgrew its original home. Currently producing three concerts a year in New York, Polyhymnia has also made a name for itself at performances in Boston as a popular entry in the Boston Early Music Festival fringe events, and has been the guest choir at a number of special events, most notably the centenary celebrations of Holy Cross Monastery, in Westpark NY.

Since 2000, director John Bradley has been creating original editions of music for the ensemble, some of it secreted in manuscript collections since the 16th-century. Working in concert with libraries, liturgical historians and institutions, Polyhymnia hopes to both preserve and reintroduce choral masterworks of the Renaissance and early Baroque in ways that both entertain and elucidate. In addition to the concert series, the ensemble’s unique relationship with Saint Ignatius of Antioch, a forerunner in the preservation of historical liturgy, provides opportunities to perform Renaissance and Baroque music in a liturgical context, while fostering musical artistry and scholarship in these interdependent disciplines.

Since its formation in 1994, Polyhymnia has amassed a vast repertoire performed in both traditional concerts as well as historical liturgical reconstructions. Mr. Bradley has reconstructed several liturgies, from Seville, Imperial Germany and Tudor England, which have included works by both well known composers like Lassus and Palestrina, and a wide array of unjustly neglected composers including Aston, Clemens non Papa, Crecquillon, de Rore, Fayrfax, Gombert, Porta, Vaet and Willaert.



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My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
Musikalishe Exequien IISchutz, HeinrichPolyhymniaMay 28 20133:12
Sing joyfullyWilliam ByrdPolyhymniaDec 30 20092:32
If ye love meThomas TallisPolyhymniaDec 30 20092:03
Loquebantur variis linguisThomas TallisPolyhymniaDec 30 20094:50
Tota pulchra - Tertia parsSenfl. Ludwig (c.1486-1542/3)PolyhymniaJun 11 20093:45
Tota pulchra - Secunda parsSenfl. Ludwig (c.1486-1542/3)PolyhymniaJun 11 20093:04
Tota pulchra - Prima parsSenfl, Ludwig (c1486-1542/3)PolyhymniaJun 11 20093:05

Contact Information


The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch 552 West End Ave
NY, NY, 10024
United States
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