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Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet come together to present contemporary works by leading living composers alongside Baroque and Renaissance vocal music, all uniquely reimagined for voices and saxophones.

Together the two ensembles recorded their CD ‘Revoiced’, released on Chandos Records in July 2022, to great acclaim across press and radio. ‘Revoiced’ explores the magical blend of voices and saxophones, bringing new colours to early music with a set of Baroque and Renaissance works uniquely reimagined by Freddie Crowley, described as “intriguing and strikingly effective arrangements” by BBC Radio 3 Record Review. Four works by living composers nestle amongst these early music gems: a new piece by Owain Park re-interpreting Allegri’s iconic Miserere, together with newly-created versions of existing works by Sarah Rimkus, Roderick Williams and James MacMillan.

The collaboration initially took shape in summer 2020 with a remotely-recorded video produced during the first coronavirus lockdown, featuring J. S. Bach’s accompanied chorale Jesus bleibet meine Freude which was premiered online by The Sixteen as part of their Sounds Sublime Festival. They have since enjoyed live performances together at Stour Music Festival, Winchfield Festival, Whiddon Autumn Festival and Chiltern Arts Festival, the latter also including the premiere of a newly-commissioned arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s cantata In Windsor Forest for choir and saxophone quartet.

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