Since coming together to produce a remotely-recorded video during the first Coronavirus lockdown in summer 2020, the two ensembles have built a collaborative project which they look forward to presenting in concert and on disc in the coming seasons.
Their concert at the Winchfield Festival will take place on Friday 13th August at 6.00pm, to a live audience in the Festival Marquee. Tickets go on sale to the public from 8th May.
The collaboration between the Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet is grown from the Quartet’s 2018 disc of Baroque transcriptions ‘Revive’, and first came to fruition when they produced a virtual recording of Bach’s accompanied chorale Jesus bleibet meine Freude in July 2020. The resulting video was premiered online as part of The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime festival, to an enthusiastic reception from the online community.
Building on the success of their video project, the ensemble’s programme for the Winchfield Festival presents a selection of Baroque and Renaissance music reimagined for choir and saxophones, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Michael Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus and Heinrich Schütz. 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. Alongside these new arrangements, the Corvus Consort will sing Baroque and Renaissance works in their untouched forms, and the Ferio Saxophone Quartet will perform items from ‘Revive’.
Having started out as a single concert in 1990, the Winchfield Festival has grown into an eight-night series of world-class concerts right in the heart of Hampshire’s idyllic countryside. The multi-genre festival has become the centrepiece of the village calendar and, this year, will take place entirely in the Festival Marquee to ensure Covid safety.
Public booking for socially-distanced seating opens on 8th May, and the Festival hopes to release more tickets for sale following the Government announcement on 17th May.