The English conductor, Paul McCreesh, is widely regarded as one of the most exciting artists of the younger generation in the field of early music. He has done extensive research into music of the 17th century and is also an accomplished cellist. While a student at Manchester University he formed a chamber choir and a period-instrument ensemble, which in 1982 evolved into the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Since then, conductor and group have gained an international reputation for their performances of Renaissance and Baroque music. Besides performing established masterpieces by Monteverdi, Purcell, Heinrich Schütz, George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach, the ensemble often presents little-known repertoire, and is particularly noted for spectacular reconstructions of major musical events from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players are frequently heard in concerts and radio broadcasts in Britain and throughout Europe. They have performed at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts and at the South Bank Centre in London, at international festivals and concert series in Bruges, Utrecht, Rome, Milan, Lyon, York, Glasgow, Barcelona and London - where they also participated in the inaugural concert of the Covent Garden Festival. In January 1994, the ensemble opened the "Resonance" Festival in Vienna and in August 1994 they appeared at the Lucerne Festival. Paul McCreesh is founder and Artistic Director of the Brinkburn Summer Music Festival which first took place in July 1994. Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players made their debut as exclusive Archiv Produktion artists with Venetian Vespers, a reconstruction of a festive Vespers service as it might have been performed at San Marco, Venice in 1643.