Capella Ornamentata music ensemble
The ensemble, whose name could be translated as “embellished chapel” or “embellished chants”, was founded in 2007 by Richard Šeda, a cornetto player. The ensemble’s main mission is to strive for an authentic interpretation of mostly sacred music of the 16th and 17th centuries and to present lesser-known wind instruments in the Czech Republic, such as the cornetto, sackbut (Renaissance trombone) and dulcian.
The ensemble has made numerous appearances at prestigious domestic and international festivals (Oude Muziek Utrecht, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Concentus Moraviae, the St. Wenceslas Music Festival, the Summer Festivities of Early Music, the Lednice-Valtice Music Festival and others). Capella Ornamentata also invites foreign musicians to participate in its projects and presents itself on radio and television (Terra Musica, concert recordings).
It has collaborated on two CDs with the Prague vocal ensemble Cappella Mariana under the direction of Vojtěch Semerád. The ensemble’s own discography includes three recordings: “Da Pacem Domine” (2014), “Ad Matrem Venite” (2019) and the most recent: “Jako paprsek slunečního svitu” (Like a gleaming ray of sunshine, 2021).