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Corvus Consort: Rachmaninov ‘All-Night Vigil’

Corvus Consort: Rachmaninov
All-Night Vigil (Vespers)

Friday 10 May at 7:30pm

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Join Corvus Consort at Exeter Cathedral for a performance of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers). The Vespers were composed as a Christian response to war, and in our own times of conflict Corvus Consort will intersperse the contemplative and devotional intensity of the 15 sections of Rachmaninov’s piece with “Songs of Peace from across Europe”.

Founded and directed by former Exeter Cathedral Chorister, Freddie Crowley, Corvus Consort is a UK-based vocal ensemble comprising some of the country’s most talented young professional singers. Corvus’ innovative programming and extensive versatility see them perform in a wide variety of genres and styles, ranging from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque motets right through to 20th century music and contemporary choral works. The Consort’s flexible combination of voices also allows them to carefully tailor their size and forces for each particular performance context.

Proceeds from the concerts go to the Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation. For over 30 years, the Music Foundation has provided critical financial support to sustain Exeter Cathedral’s musical tradition.

Music is the lifeblood of Exeter Cathedral. It has been for hundreds of years. Its choir and music team enrich daily worship and special occasions in Devon, and their concert performances bring joy to audiences around the world.

The Cathedral’s musical life brings incalculable benefits to the young lives of its choristers and choral scholars too. Time and again, it has changed the trajectory of lives in ways that could never have been imagined. It teaches life skills and values such as teamwork, trust and responsibility, and provides world-class performance opportunities which will be remembered for a lifetime.

Many choristers benefit from their early training to become the professional performers of the future. One such former chorister is Freddie Crowley, the Founder and Director of Corvus Consort. Freddie says:

“I’m really grateful for the experience of being a chorister in Exeter Cathedral, which has had such a big impact on my life. The skills and experience I gained have been a hugely valuable foundation on which to build my musical training, and in helping me to forge a career as a professional musician.”