This exciting new collaboration, born out of a shared enthusiasm for the lesser-known and rarely-performed repertoire for choir and harp, and for the wonderful, rich and varied programmes of music it offers, can now be booked for 2020, 2020-21 and, indeed, the seasons beyond.
The singers are all young professionals in the early stages of their singing careers, including alumni choral scholars of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Royal Holloway and Manchester universities, as well as London conservatoires. Members of the group have sung with the Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, BBC Singers, SANSARA, I Fagiolini, Siglo de Oro, Genesis Sixteen, echo choir, Carice Singers, and the choirs of Merton, Queen’s, Christ Church and New Colleges, Oxford. The New Oxford Consort is directed by its founder, Freddie Crowley, a recent Music graduate of Merton College, Oxford.
“[The New Oxford Consort’s debut concert] was a great occasion, for all sorts of reasons. I much admired the shaping of the programme, the quality of the performance and the exciting promise which the evening showed – both in terms of the Consort as a whole, and Freddie’s abilities as its director and guiding spirit… It was a truly memorable evening.” Dame Janet Ritterman
The inaugural programme offered by Louise and the New Oxford Consort, entitled “Eastern Pictures” and crafted by Artistic Director Freddie Crowley, is for eight female voices and harp.
Performances by voices and harp are rarely heard beyond Britten’s wonderful Ceremony of Carols, despite how effective Britten shows this pairing to be in his famous work. This programme offers a wide array of musical styles and moods, showcasing the broad range of excellent music that is available to this combination.
Louise has often been invited, on a concert by concert basis, to play with choirs during her career, and relishes the opportunity to now work regularly with the New Oxford Consort over the coming seasons. Their programmes will always feature one or more pieces for solo harp.
“Louise Thomson is a consummate performer. Fluid technique combined with beautiful artistry, compelling programmes, excellent and clear spoken introductions and a personality that audiences love.” Craig Ogden