Terra Nova Collective is based in Antwerp, Belgium – a city brimming with history. Its musicians are also connected to world-renowned ensembles such as Anima Eterna, Les Muffatti, B’Rock Orchestra, Les Agrémens, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Le Concert d’Astrée and others.
Terra Nova Collective is proud to have Vleeshuis Museum Antwerp and the Study Centre for Flemish Music as their research partners. It frequently invites eminent researchers to projects, such as Piet Stryckers (researcher and lecturer Royal Conservatoire Antwerp), Godelieve Spiessens (musicologist) and Albert R. Rice (musicologist, clarinettist).
In 2016, Terra Nova Collective gave the world premiere of the Missa Maria Assumptae by J.A. Faber, a Baroque mass containing the first ever solo for clarinet. The recording met with rave reviews in the international press, with Diapason writing about the ensemble, ‘magnificently doing justice to a palette of surprising colours.’
In season 2017–18, the recording and performances with a historical basset clarinet put Mozart’s famous concerto in a new light. In collaboration with the University of Antwerp, seven lesser known composers were presented in a series of 14 concerts, called Trouvailles.
Touring brings the ensemble in season 2018–19 at various places in New York City and at the Takamatsu Festival Musica Antiqua in Japan.
In 2019 Terra Nova released a double CD, featuring the clarinetto d’mare, a forgotten instrument from the Mozart era.
The Ryelandt Revival was conducted in 2020; a combination of a CD and cultural biography about Joseph Ryelandt.