The Dufay Collective was formed in 1987 to explore the rich and varied repertoire of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The highly successful years since its formation have taken The Dufay Collective on tours throughout most of Europe as well as much further afield. They have toured extensively in the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, Australia, the United States and Latin America.
At home The Dufay Collective has appeared in numerous concert series and festivals around the country, and has given sell-out concerts at London’s main concert halls. Highlights of recent years have included performances in the monastery of Montserrat, Early Music Network tours in Holland, Norway and the United Kingdom, the Tallinn Festival in Estonia, the Festival de Fez in Morocco, and regular concerts in Spain. Most programmes are performed from memory, enhancing the prime philosophy of the group, which is to present the music in a less formal context, bringing the music to life for contemporary audiences.
A return to Australia as part of the Sydney Festival was well received, as was a series of concerts in Singapore. They have taught popular workshops and concerts at Dartington Summer School for the past eleven years. The Dufays featured live on BBC2’s ‘Perfect Day’ and have collaborated with The Orlando Consort on several occasions and have performed at Sadlers Wells with the Richard Alston Dance Company. Concerts in England include the York Early Music Festival, Leamington and Warwick, Lichfield, Poole, Ross-on-Wye, Birmingham Early Music and Cambridge Summer Festivals. The group’s work in Spain includes a number of performances in Burgos and they were the first to perform in the new festival in Rueda.
The group has broadcast on many radio and television networks around the world as well as working on a number of television and film projects, including Zeffirelli’s feature film "Hamlet"," the Affair of the Necklace", "A Knight’s Tale" and "Harry Potter".
Their CDs have all met with critical acclaim, releases for Chandos Records including a range of repertoire from medieval Europe, the early Spanish renaissance and popular music from seventeenth-century England. The Dufay’s recording of Cancionero was nominated for a Grammy Award 2003, and was voted one of the CDs of the year in The Gramophone magazine. Their recording, Music for Alfonso the Wise, which includes the famous Cantigas d’Amigo of Martín Códax, was released on Harmonia Mundi in 2005 and also received excellent reviews.