Mercian Franciscan 2The Mercian Consort was founded in 2008 and was at the time made up of students who shared a passion for singing. Since then, the choir has developed and expanded into a flexible ensemble of professional and semi-professional singers. The choir draws its members from all over the country and they join together to give around eight concerts a year, ranging from renaissance polyphony to modern commissions.

Performance has taken the Consort around Europe, giving concerts in churches across Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands, as well as recitals at home in England. The Consort recorded its first CD in 2012, which consisted of music for Lent and Passiontide.

Mercian Budapest Franciscan 1Since performed as part of the Cambridge Early Music summer concert series in 2013 and 2014, offering programmes of William Byrd’s Latin choral works and Christopher ‘Tye’s Western Wind’ Mass

“If ever a concert proved the value of live performance and justified the effort of attending, it was this one.”
Richard Turbet, Early Music Review