Based in Edinburgh and founded in 1991 the Consort of Voices specialises in performances of a cappella music and small-scale choral repertoire from the 15th century to the present day; it is one of the most versatile groups of its kind. The Consort performs regularly throughout Scotland, and made its English debut at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire in 1996. It has also been involved in several large projects over the past several years, including performances of the complete motets of J S Bach in Haddington and at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, a performance of Handel's oratorio Theodora conducted by William Conway, with a cast including Lisa Milne, and a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor, under the direction of Ben Parry, at the 2003 Lamp of Lothian Festival at St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Haddington. The Consort has been closely associated for many years with the music of John Bevan Baker, and participated in the first performances of his chamber opera The Seer. A recording of Bevan Baker's music featuring the Consort and members of the Hebrides Ensemble under the direction of William Conway was released in autumn 2006.
In the 'Homecoming' year of 2009, we featured the music of Scotland through the ages as an integral part of our programmes, which included our first appearance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Later that year, the group took part in BBC Radio Scotland's Remembrance Day service, broadcast from Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, and also accompanied Bryn Terfel in the Glasgow performance on his 'Bad Boys' tour.
Projects in 2010 included semi-staged performances of Edinburgh composer Julian Wagstaff's musical John Paul Jones with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh.