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Corvus Consort awarded Genesis Kickstart Fund grant

Vocal Ensemble the Corvus Consort has been awarded a £10,000 grant by the Genesis Foundation as part of the prestigious Genesis Kickstart Fund to support their debut recording ‘Revoiced’.

Established during the pandemic to enable outstanding freelance talent to thrive in paid work, the Genesis Foundation has awarded a total of £1million across 95 future-facing projects and supported more than 1,000 freelance creatives in the UK.

Due for release on Chandos records in September 2022, ‘Revoiced’ sees the Corvus Consort join forces with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet in a collaboration initially inspired by the Quartet’s 2018 disc ‘Revive’ and based around reimagining early music for voices and saxophones. As well as Baroque and Renaissance works, the disc features music by living composers, including a new piece by Owain Park, newly created versions of existing works by Sarah Rimkus and Roderick Williams, and music by James MacMillan, arranged for these forces.

Freddie Crowley, Founder and Director of the Corvus Consort, comments:

We are so thrilled to have been awarded a grant as part of the Genesis Kickstart Fund, and incredibly grateful to everyone at the Genesis Foundation for choosing to support this project. The grant has been pivotal in enabling us to cover our costs and offer respectable fees to the brilliant young freelance singers who worked so hard to bring this project to life. It’s been such a wonderful opportunity for us to develop our collaboration with the brilliant Ferio Saxophone Quartet and to work with Chandos Records for the first time.

Our disc explores the magical blend of saxophones and voices, bringing new colours to music from the Baroque and Renaissance, and breathing fresh life into contemporary works through working closely with leading living composers. We hope the CD will be enjoyed by lovers of voices and saxophones alike, offering a fresh and exciting route into the Baroque and Renaissance vocal repertory, as well as a compelling new take on works by living composers.

John Studzinski, Founder & Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, says:

The Genesis Kickstart Fund grew out of our response to the pandemic, but we have always been looking to the longer term. Beyond enabling paid work on worthwhile, innovative projects, the grants are about nurturing resourcefulness and resilience – and developing ideas and momentum in a dramatically changed environment.

As we finally emerge from two years of Covid-19, our lives are now being shaken by a war. The creative community faces the prospect of a new and precarious world order and punishing economic pressures.  The Kickstart Fund clearly continues to have an important job to do. It has already mitigated society’s risk of losing outstanding creative talent through lack of opportunity, and it will continue to encourage some of today’s most inspiring artists to create the cultural memory of tomorrow.

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