The Burgundian Consort has existed as an elite arm of the Collegium Musicum Choir for many years (since about 1985). It includes only a small number of singers (12-18), mostly (but not exclusively) undergraduate music students and sings challenging, unaccompanied repertoire. The Burgundian Consort presents a small annual recital in September of each year as well as being part of some concerts of the Collegium Musicum. In recent years, the Burgundian Consort’s repertoire has included Copland's In the Beginning, Britten’s Sacred and Profane, Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Wesley-Smith's Who Killed Cock Robin? and Debussy's Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans. In 2016, the evening program included Poulenc's exquisite Un soir de neige.
Membership of the Burgundian Consort is by audition, and is based almost entirely on sight-singing, experience and vocal quality. Singers in the Burgundian Consort tend to be experienced choristers with high-level music literacy.
Burgundian Consort 2018
The Burgundian Consort is preparing a program for a free lunchtime concert on Thursday May 10 in the Tyree Room of the Scientia Building, and its annual evening recital on Wednesday September 19, called The Spheres. It will include works by Byrd, Elgar, Purcell, Gjeilo, Tormis and Arensky, and the winning work of the 2018 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize by Owen Elsley, the stars.