“Twelve Composers Composing”

Commissions for the Twelve Days of Christmas 2020

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Corvus Consort presents “Twelve Composers Composing”, a project of new commissions for the Twelve Days of Christmas 2020.

Twelve of the UK’s most exciting young composers have been commissioned to write twelve new miniature works based on the text of the well-known song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Taking the song’s familiar list of gifts as their texts, the new works will be 30-second miniatures for a choir of twelve voices, and will feature in twelve short videos to be released on the Twelve Days of Christmas — starting on Christmas Day and running until 5th January 2021.


We are running a Crowdfunding campaign to make this project possible.

The money raised will ensure that we can offer respectable fees to the young composers and singers involved in this project.

10% of all money raised by the crowdfunding campaign will go to Crisis this Christmas. Crisis works throughout the year to tackle homelessness, and their annual Christmas fundraiser helps those members of our society most in need of support, at a time of year which is all about community and companionship — “no one should be homeless and alone this Christmas”.

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Joanna Ward
“a partridge in a pear tree”

Joanna is a composer and performer, interested in experimenting with scores and with sound, centring collaboration, subjectivity, multiplicity and playfulness in her practice.


Nathan James Dearden
“two turtle doves”

Described as “a champion of his generation” and whose music is “hauntingly beautiful’ (Media Wales), Nathan James Dearden is an award-winning composer of concert music and mixed media, conductor, and educator.


Héloïse Werner
“three french hens”

Héloïse was recently described by The Times as “quickly becoming a latter-day Cathy Berberian or Meredith Monk”.


Ella Hohnen-Ford
“four calling birds”

Ella has developed an unorthodox and genre-defying approach to writing and interpreting music, with an unusual musical background as an improvising vocalist.


Anna Semple
“five gold rings”

Anna is a postgraduate student of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Sylvia Lim and Matthew Kaner, and is interested in exploring embodied methods of music-making and composition using visual processes.


Alex Ho
“six geese a-laying”

Winner of the George Butterworth Award 2020, Alex Ho is a British-Chinese composer based in London.


Harry Baker
“seven swans a-swimming”

Harry Baker is an award-winning pianist and composer passionate about jazz, classical and improvised music.


Carol J Jones
“eight maids a-milking”

Originally trained as a dancer, Carol J Jones is a composer of choral, chamber and orchestral music.


Ben Nobuto
“nine ladies dancing”

Ben Nobuto is a British/Japanese composer and pianist from Kent, whose music often explores themes of attention and fragmentation.


Joe Bates
“ten lords a-leaping”

Joe Bates is a composer and curator making music at the edge of genres.


Derri Joseph Lewis
“eleven pipers piping”

Derri Joseph Lewis is a prize-winning Welsh composer and sound-artist, writing music for concerts, stage-works and installations in Europe and America.


Shruthi Rajasekar
“twelve drummers drumming”

Shruthi Rajasekar is a composer and vocalist exploring identity, community, and joy.



Hannah Cox  soprano
Hannah is training to be a Music Therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and freelances as a choral soprano and educator alongside her studies.

Hannah Littleton  soprano
A classically trained, freelance coloratura soprano and vocal tutor based in Cambridge, Hannah performs repertoire of a wide-range of styles and languages with finesse, confidence and vitality.

Sam Cobb  soprano
Sam is a Soprano currently based in Birmingham, performing most regularly with The Monteverdi Choir and vocal ensemble ‘echo’, in which she both sings and acts as Co-Artistic Director.

Izzi Blain  alto
Izzi is a former choral scholar at Merton College, Oxford, and is a member of the 2020-21 cohort of Genesis Sixteen.

Anna Semple  alto
Anna is a freelance mezzo-soprano and composer, and sings with a range of groups and church choirs across London having previously sung with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge and Genesis 16.

Helena Cooke  alto
Originally from Cheshire, Helena is a freelance mezzo soprano and photographer living in London.

Zahid Siddiqui  tenor
Born in London and raised in Dubai, Zahid is a tenor studying at the Royal College of Music.

Jack Harberd  tenor
Jack is currently based in Oxford and is a regular at St Martin in the Fields and St Stephen Walbrook, where he holds a joint choral scholarship.

Matthew Mckinney  tenor
Matthew is a Scottish tenor, currently in his second year of Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who has sung with choirs including Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen, Dunedin Consort and the Monteverdi Choir.

George Cook  bass
George is a freelance baritone and choral leader based in London. He sings with various choirs such as St Martin’s Voices at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Choir of London, and London Voices.

Joel Nulsen  bass
Having been a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, Joel currently sings with numerous professional choirs while persuing a PhD in Computational Biology at King’s College London.

Tom Lowen  bass
Tom has recently moved to the capital to join the choir of the London Oratory, and to pursue a varied solo and ensemble singing career (choosing a great year to go freelance..!), regularly performing with groups including the BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.