Ruth regularly performs early music as a soloist and with K'antu Ensemble.
K'antu's interpretations of Monteverdi won them the Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize a few months after they formed in 2011. Their eclectic abilities and multi-instrumental tendencies lead them to explore less-trodden territories of early music. Members have benefited from tutoring with world music experts such as Dr Henry Stobart, Mark Lockett, and Clem Alford. The music of Spain and South America seemed like the obvious starting place for combining folk/world music with historically informed techniques - hence the name K'antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance.
K'antu have since elaborated upon their abilities: adding shawms, gamba, cornett and dulcimer to their already large collection, and offer workshops and lecture recitals on these and other early instruments.
This colourful and energetic combination of folk/world with early music has led to coaching with leading figures in early music including: Andrew King (The Consort of Musicke), Andy Watts (The Carnival Band), William Lyons (The Dufay Collective) and Ricardo Barros (Spirituoso), and the ensemble is now working around a busy performing schedule to record their first CD, which will be promoted during a forthcoming UK tour.