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. The evening program also includes the premiere performance of the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize.
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.
Auditions for membership of the Burgundian Consort in 2019 were completed on February 13.
Burgundian Consort , Term 3 2019
In 2019, the Burgundian Consort performed in the first concert of the Collegium Musicum Choir on Sunday April 14, in a free lunchtime concert, and in its annual evening recital. Repertoire included Six Moravian Songs by Dvorak, madrigals by Thomas Morley, Copland's Four Motets, and a series of works by a number of Australian composers.
The Burgundian Consort will appear in the final Collegium Musicum Choir concert in November, singing French carols and solo sections of Charpentier's Messe de minuit pour Noel.
In 2018, the Burgundian Consort presented a free lunchtime concert on Thursday May 10 in the Tyree Room of the Scientia Building, and an annual evening recital on Wednesday September 19, called The Spheres. It included 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.