About the Consort
The Wellensian Consort share a deep bond of friendship, a profound love of music, but above all, an earnest desire to communicate this love of music with their audiences.
The Wellensian Consort has rapidly established a reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s leading young chamber choirs. Since their debut concert, they have established an enviable reputation for the quality and vibrancy of their performances and have performed to a series of rapturous audiences throughout the country.
The Wellensian Consort have performed with Kah-Ming Ng’s period instrument orchestra Charivari Agréable and acclaimed baroque trumpeter Crispian Steel Perkins. They have performed at Wigmore Hall and as part of the exclusive Choral at Cadogan Series, a concert series that features many of Europe’s leading professional choirs, organised by top London agent Hazard Chase and hosted at Cadogan Hall.
In July 2011 they were invited to perform at the memorial concert for the much loved composer, Geoffrey Burgon, at St. John’s Smith Square. They were also special guest artists at the International Choral Competition Let the Peoples Sing 2011: highlights of the gala concert were broadcast around Europe and North America. They have recorded their debut commercial CD, a selection of choral works by Bob Chilcott, produced by Adrian Peacock and featuring the Will Todd Trio. This is due to be released early in 2013.
Most recently they have performed two critically acclaimed performances at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival, have worked with Charles Hazelwood in a concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen and have performed to a rapturous reception at the Frome festival.
The performers first sang together in the choirs of Wells Cathedral School, an internationally acclaimed specialist Music School in South West England, and were reunited by their conductor Christopher Finch to celebrate the School’s 1100 year anniversary in 2009. The members of the Wellensian Consort now live and work throughout the country, from Falmouth to Glasgow, Cardiff to London, many are current or former students at the UK’s premier music colleges and universities or hold scholarships in leading cathedral and collegiate choirs. Their geographical dispersion prohibits weekly rehearsals, so they instead rehearse intensively in the lead up to each concert, broadcast or recording. This approach enables the Wellensian Consort to achieve their characteristically fresh and vibrant performances.
Concert programmes demonstrate their love of a wide range of musical styles, drawing repertoire from all eras and genres of choral music. They present programmes that seek to engage the audience on every level, whilst introducing the audience to forgotten musical gems and the best of contemporary composition.