The Capella Cracoviensis chamber choir and orchestra is one of the most interesting ensembles on the contemporary early music scene. The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphonic works to early Romantic operas on historical instruments, using historical performance practices. CC is a mainstay of many important festivals and concert halls: Bachfest Leipzig, SWR Festspiele Schwetzingen, Händel-Festspiele Halle, Haydn-Festival Brühl, Opéra Royal du château de Versailles, Theater an der Wien, NOSPR in Katowice, Szczecin Philharmonic, and Misteria Paschalia in Krakow. On many occasions, the ensemble was joined by Evelino Pidò, Christophe Rousset, Alessandro Moccia, Giuliano Carmignola, Paul Goodwin, Andrew Parrott and Paul McCreesh. One of the greatest achievements of CC was the performance of a full set of Beethoven's symphonies on historical instruments in a single day, with live radio broadcast of the event – this took place on 27 August 2016. The concert featured 90 instrumentalists, 44 singers and 5 conductors from 14 countries around the world, and the concert hall was packed with 2300 people.
Recent achievements of the ensemble include the first Polish performance of Wagner’s works on historical instruments, featuring Waltraud Meier (“Wesendonck-Lieder”) and recordings of operas for the Decca label: Pergolesi’s “Adriano in Siria” (Fagioli, Basso, Sancho, Adamus), as well as Porpora’s “Germanico in Germania” (Cencic, Lezhneva, Adamus), which was recognised with the Diapason d'Or award. Other recordings carried out by the ensemble include “Te Deum” in a musical arrangement by Lully and Charpentier with Le Poème Harmonique led by Vincent Dumestre, as well as Bach's motets with Fabio Bonizzoni released by Alpha, as well as Schubert's Piano Concerto in F minor and “Unfinished” Symphony (Klimsiak, Adamus) released by AviMusic.
The upcoming plans include oratorio concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Händel-Festspiele Halle. In May 2018, CC launched the Joseph Haydn Complete Symphonies 2018-2023 project, spanning 6 years. CC also prepared stage versions of operas: Handel's “Amadigi di Gaula”, Mozart's “Le nozze di Figaro” and Gluck's “Orfeo ed Euridice”, as well as special stage projects, including Monteverdi’s madrigals in a milk bar, Mendelssohn’s choral songs in the forest, Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” featuring children with visual impairments as actors, as well as “mozart requiem karaoke” directed by Cezary Tomaszewski.
CC was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Jerzy Katlewicz, who was the director of the Krakow Philharmonic. He entrusted the work of creating an ensemble specialising in performing early music at the institution to Stanisław Gałoński. Over the years, Capella Cracoviensis has become an independent organisation, playing varied repertoire ranging from the Middle Ages to the world premieres of contemporary works. Since November 2008, Jan Tomasz Adamus has been the General Manager and Artistic Director of CC.