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Corvus Consort

Vocal Ensemble

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 programme for upper voices and harp with harpist Louise Thomson, music for voices and saxophones with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, and an improvisatory exploration of Renaissance soundworlds with Music on the Edge. These latter two collaborations were launched in summer 2020 with the release of two remotely-recorded videos, premiered by The Sixteen as part of their Sounds Sublime Online festival.

In collaboration with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, the Consort made its debut CD recording in 2021, due for release on Chandos Records in July 2022. 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 released online in twelve short videos throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas, and received their live performance premieres in December 2021.

Since making its first appearance in 2018, the Consort has enjoyed performances such as Chiltern Arts Festival, Winchfield Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Music on the Quantocks, Lamberhurst Music Society and Borough Theatre Abergavenny, as well as becoming Ensemble-in-Residence at the brand new Whiddon Autumn Festival in 2021. Future engagements include Church Stretton Festival, Simonsbath Festival and Exeter Cathedral.

Last updated: 22 Mar 2022

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