In the summer of 2008 the crossover classical music group Fordante was created.

Fordante At Symphony Hall, BirminghamFordante on stage at Symphony Hall, Birmingham 2011

Drawing on both his classical and film scoring background based film composer Phil Mountford has written music inspired by the great classical and baroque composers and fused this with a contemporary sound, creating this melodic and unforgettable music.

Fordante Crossover Classical Music Ensemble

On talking about his ensemble Mountford explains “I grew up listening to an eclectic mix of easy listening music, film soundtracks and classical music, but it was always the melodies and sweet sections of the classical music that caught my attention.  Along with these musical influences I have to acknowledge the two composers who have inspired me greatly in creating and composing the music of Fordante; Karl Jenkins with both his Adiemus and previous works and Gian Piero Reverberi whose Italian group ‘Rondo Veneziano‘ first opened my ears and mind as to what can be created when classical instrumental music is blended with worldly styles, strong use of rhythm intertwined with emotive and passionate melodies.”

Fordante on stage at Artsfest, Centenary Square, Birmingham, 2010

Fordante released their debut album , ‘The Arrival‘, in 2010 to much critical acclaim;

‘Passionate and uplifting…faultless performance…an unexpectedly refreshing album that has broader appeal than its classical roots…A wonderful piece of work’– The Music Critic ****

‘a sheer delight…so expressive…passionate and moving… gets the emotions going’ – FATEA

“Well crafted and slickly played…”  – Classical Music magazine

“Dramatic and evocative… polished…impassioned…thrilling… original and interesting music” – MUSO Magazine ****

The UK Arts Council along with the Shropshire County Council have supported Fordante in taking their light classical music to new audiences allowing the ensemble to tour around England and Wales.  The group have been very well received by these new audiences and continue to build on this success.

Fordante At Wem Town Hall

Fordante Classical Music Group on stage at Wem Town Hall 2010

In 2010 Fordante were proud to be awarded ‘Best New Music‘ and nominated for ‘Best Small Ensemble‘ at the Buxton Festival Fringe.

In 2011 the rural touring organisation Live & Local heard Fordante perform at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.  They were then invited onto the programming menu for the 2012-13 season performing in Derbyshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and were part of the Live and Local rural touring menu for 3 three years.  The ensemble have subsequently engaged by several other rural touring agencies throughout central England including Air In G, Spot On Lancashire, Village Ventures, Shindig, Cheshire Rural Touring, Centre Stage and Lincolnshire Rural Touring.

In 2016 the Arts Council England supported Fordante to tour once again performing their new music alongside popular classics engaging audiences throughout England who would not necessarily be able to experience music of this genre performed in a live setting.

Fordante have performed at many venues including:
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • Hellens Manor – Borderlines Film Festival
  • Buxton Opera House Theatre
  • Birmingham Library
  • Ledbury Market Theatre
  • Centenary Square, Birmingham
  • Wem Town Hall
  • The Ludlow Assembly Rooms
  • Memorial Hall, Upton-upon-Severn
  • United Reform Church, Buxton
  • St Leonard’s Church, Bridgnorth
  • Breadsall Memorial Hall, Derby
  • Teenage Cancer Trust, Grandison (outdoor concert)
  • The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
  • Community 8 Arts Centre, Pershore
  • St George’s Church, Kidderminster
  • The Regal Theatre, Tenbury
  • Chelmarsh Village Hall
  • Areley Kings Village Hall
  • Cleobury Mortimer Parish Rooms
  • Harvington Village Hall
  • All Stretton Village Hall
  • Adforton Village Hall
  • The Red House, Albrighton
  • Victoria Hall, Broseley
  • Memorial Hall, Clun
  • Alstonefield Memorial Hall
  • Nettleton Village Hall
  • Skegness Grammer School
  • St Barnabus Centre, Chesterfield
  • Hose Village Hall
  • Wing Village Hall
  • Frampton Village Hall
  • Kirk Langley Church
  • Edge Village Hall, Gloucs
  • Quorn Village Hall
  • Old Dalby Village Hall
  • St Peter’s Church, Stapleford, Notts
  • Breadsall Memorial Hall
  • The Stourport Civic Theatre Hall
  • Shrewley Village Hall
  • Belton Village Hall
  • Sir John Moore Foundation
  • Chilwell Road Methodist Church
  • Hemingby Village Hall / St Margaret’s Church
  • Mareham le Fen Village Hall
  • Leadenham Hall 2000
  • The Village Hall at Heage
  • Loughborough Endowed Music School Recital Hall
  • Countesthorpe Village Hall
  • Morcott Village Hall
  • Hoby Village Hall
  • Hall Park Academy – Eastwood Theatre, Eastwood School
  • Lound Village Hall
  • Rempstone Village Hall
  • Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre
  • Quenington Village Hall
  • Lowsonford Ladies Entertainments Cttee (Warwickshire)
  • The Willoughby Society (Warwickshire)
  • Codsall Village Hall Cttee (Staffordshire)
  • Dunchurch and Thurlaston WI (Warwickshire)
  • Longborough and Sezincote Village Hall
  • Stretton under Fosse Village Hall Cttee (Warwickshire)
  • Pinxton Parish Council (Derbyshire)
  • Gringley on the Hill Community Centre
  • Dixie Grammer School
  • Old Dalby Village Hall
  • Clent Parish Hall Fundraisers
  • Dordon Parish Council (Warwickshire)
  • Melbourne Assembly Room