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Corvus Consort to be Ensemble-in-Residence at brand new Festival

The Corvus Consort has been announced as ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at the brand new Whiddon Autumn Festival, which sees its inaugural edition in September 2021.

Set in the picturesque Whiddon Parishes of North Dartmoor in rural Devon, the Festival will feature three days of vocal and chamber music, running 10-12 September. Events will take place in the Dartmoor villages of Chagford, Gidleigh, Throwleigh and Drewsteignton, taking the four villages’ beautiful churches as venues.

In their Ensemble-in-Residence role, the Corvus Consort will feature in several of the Festival’s events, including a double-bill evening concert, two church services, and the Festival’s final celebratory concert.

On Saturday 11th September, the Consort will give two performances of their evening concert programme, featuring music by Johann Michael Bach, Raffaella Aleotti, James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt and Gerald Finzi. Then on Sunday 12th September, the Consort will sing sacred music as part of the Festival Eucharist service (featuring a mass setting by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina) and the Festival Compline service (featuring Marian motets by Jacob Obrecht, James MacMillan and Sergei Rachmaninov). The Festival’s final concert will be a collective performance of Vivaldi’s iconic Gloria, led by the Corvus Consort with step-out soloists, alongside the Festival String Quartet and participants in a Come&Sing workshop.

The Festival will also feature talented young composer Harry Baker as ‘Composer in Residence’, whose newly-commissioned choral work ‘Stone Universe’ will form part of the Consort’s evening concert programme. ‘Stone Universe’ sets a text by prolific Dartmoor poet John Powls, whose subject is the abundant granite rock that so strongly characterises Dartmoor’s landscape.

Festival tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online via the Festival website.

Corvus Consort | Whiddon Autumn Festival: Devon | 10-12 September 2021

Sat 11 September, 6:30pm | Chagford Church | Corvus Consort evening concert (A)
Sat 11 September, 8:30pm | Chagford Church | Corvus Consort evening concert (B)
Sun 12 September, 11:00am | Drewsteignton Church | Festival Eucharist, featuring the Corvus Consort
Sun 12 September, 4:30pm | Chagford Church | Final concert, with the Corvus Consort
Sun 12 September, 9:00pm | Gidleigh Church | Festival Compline, featuring the Corvus Consort

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