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.
John Ireland – When May is in his prime
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Silence and Music
Jonathan Dove – In beauty may I walk
John Ireland – The Hills
Gerald Finzi – I praise the tender flower
Gerald Finzi – I have loved flowers that fade
Benjamin Britten – 5 Flower Songs
Alec Roth – The Flower
Trad. – Ther is no rose of swych vertu
Jacobus Clemens non Papa – Ego flos campi a 3
William Byrd – This sweet and merry month of May
Robert Pearsall – Sweet as a flower in May
Gustav Holst – Five Partsongs
Arthur Sullivan – The long day closes