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A short history



Weary of the aesthetic tyranny of conductors and eager to pursue a repertoire - any repertoire - of their own choosing, the founding members of the Intermedii vocal ensemble first began meeting in 1994 in parking lots and buses on their way to and from gigs with other chorale ensembles, notably La Psallette de Lorraine and the Ensemble Vocal du Luxembourg.  A few isolated uprisings - a quartet performance of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer in a friend's living room, some impromptu Christmas soirées - firmed their resolve.  At a powwow in the Luxembourg Conservatoire cafeteria, Intermedii was formed.

The name Intermedii, drawn from the tradition of musical interludes performed at intervals in the Medici court, had first belonged to a small ensemble in England, founded by Chris Vigar.  It struck the fledgling group in Luxembourg as sounding the right note of lightness and flexibility, and so Intermedii Mark II was born.

There followed a series of a cappella concerts featuring every kind of repertoire - madrigals, folk songs, jazz and spirituals mingling with Renaissance and contemporary sacred motets and 20th-century part songs.  His Excellency Nicholas Elam, then British Ambassador to Luxembourg, presented them in a series of intimate (sometimes royal) dinner-soirées in the Embassy residence, performing madrigals and part songs between the main course and the cheese.  Nick Elam's sponsorship - or midwifery, as he himself was fond of calling it - of the group has been sustained by his successors, William Ehrman, Gordon Wetherell and James Clark.

Over the years, Intermedii has performed in a wide variety of contexts, singing in full period costume for the Rodemack Fête médiévale, performing at châteaux and dinner clubs, semi-staging the popular one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors illustrated with projected slides of art works, performing at choir festivals in France, and presenting carol concerts each Christmas, either a cappella or, with Britten in the programme, accompanied by Geneviève Conter's harp.

Intermedii rarely meets in parking garages these days, preferring to cook up new ideas over dinners in each other's homes or at late-night-pizza planning sessions. Their rehearsal technique is strictly democratic, with all members contributing - often volubly -  to discussions of interpretation and repertoire. They perform without a conductor, concentrating instead on subtle visual cues and their own 16 ears. Despite their wildly varied backgrounds - from professional brass-players raised in the American band program to cathedral choir-school graduates raised in ruffs -  Intermedii has grown over the years into a tight-knit group, socially and personally - which perhaps contributes to the strong sense of musical union that imbues their performances.

At least on a good night

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