Founded in 2012 by Ruth Hopkins, K'antu Ensemble explores the less-trodden territories of early music, combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques. The music of Spain and South America seemed like the obvious starting place - hence the name K'antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance.
They are currently promoting their second album Dancing & the Divine, following the success of Gusto, which has been featured on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, BBC Introducing, Resonance FM's LSO Soundhub and in Early Music Today Magazine.
Recent UK venues have included Symphony Hall, King's Place, Cadogan Hall's Culford Room and St Martin-in-the-Fields where they were semi-finalists in both the 2014 and 2015 Chamber Music Competitions. They have also performed as In Tune's house band during Radio 3's residency at the Southbank Centre.
An Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK helped support their recent tour to Hungary. Future plans include tours to Romania and Hungary in 2016.