In 2015, Collegium Vocale Gent, founded by Philippe Herreweghe, celebrated its 45th birthday. They were one of the first ensembles to use new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Their text-oriented and rhetorical approach gave the ensemble the transparent sound which has paved the way for performances at major concert venues and festivals worldwide.
The ensemble’s wider repertoire encompasses a range of different periods from Renaissance music over German Baroque, and particularly J.S. Bach’s vocal works, to Romantic, modern and contemporary repertoires. Besides using its own baroque orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent works with several ensembles from Belgium and abroad. Its discography contains more than 90 recordings. In 2010, Philippe Herreweghe started his own label, PHI, in order to give himself full artistic freedom to build up a varied catalogue. Since then 15 new recordings with music from Byrd till Stravinsky have become available.