The Lacock Scholars

 

Founded in 2014, The Lacock Scholars is the United Kingdom’s premier amateur consort group. Originally formed of young participants on Lacock Courses, and still retaining a close association with these events, the group is dedicated to small-ensemble, a cappella singing of Renaissance polyphonic music and plainsong.

The Lacock Scholars has found a unique approach in their series of monthly concerts in London, exploring the relationship between concert performance and liturgical observance in partnership with one of London’s hidden architectural gems, St Cuthbert’s Church in Earl’s Court. The ensemble seeks to create unified, holistic experiences for their audiences, free from applause and other interruptions, in which listeners are free to approach the music and architecture on their own terms. Branching out from this base in west London, the group now performs in this unique style throughout the capital and around the country, with highlights including performances at The Brighton Early Music Festival, The Music Room at Gray’s Antiques as part of the new Baroque Voices series, The Cherubim Youth Music Festival, and performances at Gloucester and Hereford Cathedrals.

The group released a second recording, In memoriam, in the autumn of 2018, including Duarte Lobo’s Requiem for six voices and motets by Josquin, Byrd, Weelkes, and others written as contemporary laments for the great composers of the Renaissance. It is available to stream on Spotify and can be purchased from the group’s website.