Faculty alumnus forms new choir

Recent alumnus Freddie Crowley brings his choir, the New Oxford Consort, for a festive concert in Merton College Chapel on Thursday 28 November at 8pm.

Freddie graduated from his Music degree at Merton College in July 2018, and the New Oxford Consort emerged shortly afterwards. Their first performances took place on the edge of Dartmoor in rural Devon, where Freddie grew up. While at Oxford, Freddie was a choral scholar in the Choir of Merton College, and sang with many other choirs around the city. He also appeared frequently on stage and sang in jazz a cappella group, The Oxford Gargoyles. Now based in London, he has recently performed with the New London Chamber Choir, Echo, Oxford Bach Soloists, Rheia Singers and Recordare Chamber Choir, as well as frequent depping work in churches and cathedrals around the city.  He also works part-time for Monmouth Coffee Company and classical artist management agency Tashmina Artists.

This month’s concert will be their Oxford debut, and Freddie looks forward to performing in the city which gave the group its name. The singers in the choir are drawn from a pool of young professionals in the early stages of their singing careers.

The concert programme will feature a selection of classic carols as well as lesser-known music, tracing a journey from Advent through the Nativity scene, with focus on different aspects and characters of the Christmas story along the way.  The music ranges across nearly 800 years of musical output, with works by composers including Victoria, Lassus, Praetorius, Pearsall, Poulenc, Holst, Britten and Macmillan. The full concert programme can be found on the New Oxford Consort’s website. Buy tickets in advance here.