The combined forces of Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet look forward to a concert for Chiltern Arts in Henley on 26th February. The Chiltern Arts Festival Weekend opens with Tenebrae at Dorchester Abbey on Friday 25th February, followed by Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s concert on the Saturday.
Their programme will feature a first half of music from their core collaboration of Baroque vocal works re-imagined for voices and saxophones, and a second half of 20th- and 21st-century music, including a brand new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s cantata In Windsor Forest, commissioned by Chiltern Arts specially for this concert.
Originally composed for choir and orchestra, In Windsor Forest is a five movement cantata adapted from Vaughan Williams’s opera Sir John in Love, appearing in this programme alongside his Three Shakespeare Songs for unaccompanied choir, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’s birth. In keeping with the poetic theme, the Ferios will also open the second half with two of Guillermo Lago’s Wordsworth Poems, written for the Quartet in 2017.
The Corvus Consort and Ferio Saxophone Quartet first came together in summer 2020 to produce a virtually-recorded video of Bach’s Jesus bleibet meine Freude, which led to a wider collaboration re-imagining Baroque and Renaissance vocal works for voices and saxophones, most recently recorded on CD for release on Chandos Records later this year.
Music from this early music collaboration will make up the first half of the concert, including works by J. S. Bach, J. M. Bach, H. Schütz and G. Gabrieli. The Quartet will also perform items from ‘Revive’, their 2018 disc of Baroque transcriptions, and the Corvus Consort will sing unaccompanied music by J. C. Bach.
Selection of Baroque and Renaissance works
Lago Selection from The Wordsworth Poems
Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs
Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest, arr. Freddie Crowley