“One of the most innovative and adventurous vocal ensembles presently performing”
Tortoise Media, Matthew d’Ancona
“The Corvus Consort is a marvel: glorious voices, expressive singing, highly creative and imaginative programming, inspired direction!”
founder member of The King’s Singers
“a gloriously enjoyable noise” – Tempo Quarterly Review
“intriguing and strikingly effective” – BBC Radio 3 Record Review
Founded and directed by Freddie Crowley, Corvus Consort is a UK-based vocal ensemble comprising some of the country’s most talented young professional singers. Described as “one of the most innovative and adventurous vocal ensembles presently performing” by Tortoise Media, Corvus’s refreshing combination of musical excellence, passionate performance and unstuffy presentation makes them hugely popular with audiences up and down the country.
In addition to frequent appearances as an a-cappella ensemble, Corvus places particular emphasis on its instrumental collaborations. Ongoing projects include voices and saxophones with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, upper voices and harp with Louise Thomson, and contemporary explorations of Renaissance soundworlds with instrumental duo Music on the Edge.
In collaboration with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, Corvus Consort released its debut CD ‘Revoiced’ in July 2022 on Chandos Records, to great acclaim across press and radio. ‘Revoiced’ explores the magical blend of voices and saxophones, bringing new colours to early music, recasting contemporary choral works into a fresh soundworld, and inspiring the creation of new music. Corvus’s second disc for Chandos is due for release in 2024.
Alongside their dynamic performances of core vocal repertoire, Corvus has quickly developed a strong track record for championing new music and commissioning some of the most exciting young composers in the UK and beyond. Christmas 2020 saw a festive project entitled “Twelve Composers Composing” featuring twelve miniature carols by leading young composers. Corvus’s latest new music project “Byrd Takes Flight” commemorates William Byrd’s 400th anniversary with four new commissions for voices and instruments in collaboration with Music on the Edge.
Corvus Consort has enjoyed performances including London’s King’s Place, Chiltern Arts Festival, Church Stretton Festival, Little Missenden Festival, Winchfield Festival and Kings Lynn Festival, as well as becoming Ensemble-in-Residence at Devon’s Whiddon Autumn Festival on the festival’s inception in 2021. Recent highlights include a Bach programme alongside violinist Rachel Podger at Dorchester Arts and Exeter Cathedral, and a performance with Ferio Saxophone Quartet at Stour Music Festival. 2024 will see Corvus return to Exeter Cathedral, Music@Wellhayes and the Whiddon Autumn Festival, as well as giving a series of concerts featuring their “Byrd Takes Flight” programme.
“Close of harmony, cool of rhythm, and totally stirring of spirit.”
Michael Chance CBE
Artistic Director of The Grange Festival
“Since its inception, Corvus Consort has impressed me with their programming which is both creative and very imaginative … they are an ensemble with a very exciting future; everything they do is well thought out and of a very high artistic standard.”
Harry Christophers CBE
Founder & Conductor of The Sixteen