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.
Ongoing collaborations include a project reimagining Baroque choral works with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, 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.
In collaboration with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, the Consort makes its debut CD recording in November 2021, due for release on Chandos Records the following year. The disc features a set of Baroque and Renaissance vocal works in new transcriptions and arrangements for voices and saxophones, as well as music by living composers reworked for the same forces.
For Christmas 2020, the Corvus Consort commissioned twelve of the UK’s most exciting young composers to write miniature works for a choir of twelve voices based on the well-known song The Twelve Days of Christmas, as part of a festive project entitled “Twelve Composers Composing”. The resulting works were premiered in twelve short videos released online throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas, and will receive their live performance premieres in December 2021.
In summer 2020 the Consort released two videos, recorded remotely during the first coronavirus lockdown. Their video of J. S. Bach’s accompanied chorale Jesus bleibet meine Freude with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet was premiered as part of The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime Online festival. The same festival also featured the Consort’s video in collaboration with Music on the Edge, overlaying the Renaissance polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s O vos omnes with instrumental improvisations.
Since making its first appearance in 2018, the Consort has enjoyed performances at Winchfield Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Music on the Quantocks and Borough Theatre Abergavenny, as well as becoming Ensemble-in-Residence at the brand new Whiddon Autumn Festival in 2021. Future engagements include the Lamberhurst Music Society, Chiltern Arts, Simonsbath Festival, and planned performances at Buckfast Abbey and Clifton Cathedral.