Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Tomkins Énekegyüttes (Tomkins Vocal Ensemble)

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


The Budapest Tomkins Vocal Ensemble was founded in 1978. Both artistic director János Dobra and most of its members graduated from the Franz Liszt Music College. Together, they worked with a repertoire for which at the time, there was no performing tradition in Hungary. Their style of singing followed the English model (the titular Thomas Tomkins was an English Renaissance composer), but later embraced and integrated other styles. They have given concerts all around Europe, as well as in Japan and India. Besides performing Hungarian music, the Tomkins Ensemble performs a wide range of works, from the Renaissance to those by living composers. Indeed there can be few such vocal works that the Tomkins Ensemble has not sung and performed. They are also keenly interested in different types of liturgical music, for example that of Rachmaninov, which the Ensemble premiered in Hungary. Many contemporary composers have written pieces for them to sing.

Current performances of Tomkins Vocal Ensemble
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1985 Márta István: Szíveink
Hungaroton SLPX 12563
1988 Fiatal zeneszerzők csoportja, Antológia 2.
(Young Composer's Group, Anthology 2.)
Hungaroton SLPX 12946 LP
1988 Fiatal Zeneszerzők Csoportja 1.
(Young Composers' Group - 1)
Hungaroton SLPX 12945
1992 O, Wunderbare Harmonie Hungaroton HCD/MK 31425 Own
1994 Kurtág György - Portraitkonzert - Salzburg, 1993. augusztus 10.
(Kurtág, György - Portraitkonzert - Salzburg, 10. 8. 1993.)
Col Legno WWE 31870 2 CDs
1995 Fauré, Gabriel: Recquiem Op. 48; Liszt: Via Crucis S. 583 Hungaroton HCD/MK 31424
1995 Druschetzky Georg: Missa solemnis; Bengraf: Templomi zene
(Druschetzky, Georg: Missa solemnis; Bengraf: Sacred Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31609
1995 Fauré, Gabriel: Requiem Op. 48/ Liszt Ferenc: Via Crucis S. 583 Hungaroton HCD 31424
1995 Hommage Magyar Rádió MR 011 4 CDs
1996 Sáry László: Az idő szava; Az ismétlődő ötös; stb.
(Sáry, László: The Voice of Time; Five Repeated; etc.)
Hungaroton HCD 31643
1999 Faragó Béla: 353 nap - "Mise"
(353 days - "Mass")
BMC Records BMC CD 023
2000 Fekete Gyula: Római láz; Elégia
(Fekete, Gyula: Roman Fever; Elegia)
Hungaroton HCD 31914
2001 Eötvös Péter: Vocal Works BMC Records BMC CD 038
2003 Gyászzenék
(Funeral Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32260
2005 Rauch, Andreas: Ünnepi kantáták / Currus triumphalis musicus Hungaroton HCD 32232 Own
First recording
2017 Kocsis Zoltán: A Tribute Hungaroton HCD 32803-04
2017 Zoltán Kocsis – A Tribute Hungaroton HCD 32803–04 2 CDs