The early music group LES INVENTIONS was founded in 2005 by harpsichordist, organist and conductor Patrick Ayrton. Since then, the group has been at the heart of a network of international musical collaborations featuring concerts, recordings and educational projects.
LES INVENTIONS seek to revitalize the ancient tradition of combining elements of music, poetry and dance in performance. Their aim is also to reawaken interest in forgotten composers and restore neglected works to their place in the Baroque and Classical repertoire. One particular project was the release of a world-première recording of works by the French Tartini-pupil Joseph Touchemoulin (1727-1801), rediscovered by Patrick Ayrton in 2005, and which gained much praise in the press (BBC, Diapason, Classica, etc).
Based in France, the ensemble performs in major concert series such as the Dijon Opera, the Clermont-Ferrand Lyric Center, Early Music at Souvigny, the Ravello and Early Music in Magnano festivals in Italy, the early music series in Baarn (The Netherlands), the Concerts Bach de Lutry, Switzerland. LES INVENTIONS have been in residence since 2007 at France’s leading Bach festival, Bach en Combrailles.
Their discography – for labels Ramée and Signum – includes collected works by Henry Purcell (BBC Music Magazine Critics Choice, 2014) in collaboration with the acclaimed British vocal group, VOCES8. A world-première recording of selected Psalms of David by Venetian composer Benedetto Marcello (arranged by Charles Avison, 1757), also with VOCES8, is due out in May 2015.