Voices and Saxophones come together in this exciting collaboration to present a programme of early music reimagined for choir and saxophones.
Originally inspired by ‘Revive’, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s 2018 disc of Baroque transcriptions, the Quartet now joins forces with the Corvus Consort to extend this concept into Baroque and Renaissance vocal music. New transcriptions and arrangements make use of the saxophone’s quasi-vocal timbre to blur the distinction between voices and instruments, intensifying the ensemble’s blend and creating a heightened sense of unity throughout the music.
The collaboration first took shape in summer 2020 with a remotely-recorded video produced during the first coronavirus lockdown, featuring J. S. Bach’s accompanied choral Jesus bleibet meine Freude. The video was premiered as part of The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime Festival in July 2020 and received an excellent reception online.
August 2021 will see the first live appearance of this collaboration, live in concert at the Winchfield Festival in Hampshire.
The Corvus Consort is a vocal ensemble based in the UK.
Founded and directed by Freddie Crowley, the group draws its members from a pool of young professionals in the early stages of their singing careers.
With key objectives of musical versatility and innovative programming, the Consort performs in a wide variety of genres and styles, stretching from the Renaissance to the present day, and enjoys a range of instrumental collaborations. The ensemble is also flexible in size and forces, so it can be carefully tailored to each particular performance context.
Other ongoing collaborations include a programme of music for upper voices and harp with harpist Louise Thomson and an improvisatory exploration of Renaissance soundworlds with Music on the Edge.
As one of the leading British saxophone quartets among the new generation of artists, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet consistently receives a highly enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics alike. Winner of the 2015 Royal Over-Seas League’s Ensemble Competition, the quartet was also a Park Lane Group Artist and St John’s Smith Square Young Artist for 2016-2017.
Since then, their engagements have included performances at Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bermuda, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Newbury, Machynlleth, North Norfolk and Petworth Festivals. Commissioning new music is also an important strand of Ferio’s work and they have commissioned works by Laura Bowler, Simon Rowland-Jones and Guillermo Lago.
More recent highlights include performances at Beaminster and Ryedale Festivals, a first visit to Festival Septembre Musical de l’Orne in Normandy, collaborations with pianist Timothy End at Church Stretton Festival and Absolute Classics, and taking masterclasses at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Ferio records with Chandos Records, for whom they have released two discs: ‘Flux’ in July 2017 and ‘Revive’ in November 2018, the latter being launched at ‘Rhinegold Live’, hosted by Classical Music Magazine. The quartet recorded their third album for Chandos in May 2021 with Timothy End.