Blue Heron has become the first non-European ensemble to win the Gramophone Award in the early music category, marking a milestone in the award’s 41-year history. The prize recognizes Blue Heron’s recording of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 5, a piece of music traced as far as 1540, when it was copied for Canterbury Cathedral. Gramophone called it “one of the discoveries of the year.
Blue Heron director Scott Metcalfe remarks: “I’m pleased beyond words that the Gramophone Award may win greater recognition for the Peterhouse repertoire and for Nick Sandon’s essential and brilliant restorations, the fruit of a lifetime’s work.”