Established by the composer/conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and soprano Sophie Bevan in 2017, The Davey Consort takes its name from John Davey who, in 1849, commissioned the building of the beautiful Catholic Church of St Birinus in Dorchester-on-Thames, where the consort is based.
The Davey Consort was founded to promote greater knowledge of, and wider access to the performance of Gregorian chant and sacred music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both in concert and within the context of the Catholic liturgy.© Sim Canetty-Clarke
In 2020 they will launch their annual Choral Pilgrimage – a concert tour of churches, both Anglican and Catholic, in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. 2020 will also see the first St Birinus International Music Festival, based in Dorchester-on-Thames.
Central to the educational aims of the Consort is to establish fully-funded scholarships, the recipients of which would benefit from a rigorous training in the performance of the group's core repertoire. Successful candidates will probably, but not necessarily, be current or prospective holders of scholarships at a UK university or conservatory. Further details on how to apply for a scholarship will appear shortly.