THE NEW CONSORT

 

About

Winners of the American Prize in Chamber Music, THE NEW CONSORT, a project-based, solo-voice ensemble directed by baritone Brian Mummert, was founded in 2015 and has quickly made embracing stylistic contrasts one of its hallmarks. Musical variety is an integral part of the ensemble's identity: from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary & non-classical works, nothing is off-limits. By embracing contrasts and drawing diverse works into conversation, The New Consort attracts new audiences to classical music and encourages them to forge connections with unfamiliar genres of musical expression. The ensemble has appeared in venues ranging from the Nachtmusik series at Trinity College, Cambridge to The Bach Store, an NYC pop-up concert hall, and the group looks forward to touring music of the Dow Partbooks with accompanying commissions by Ross Crean and Ethan McGrath through New England this April. Members of The New Consort have appeared as soloists and conductors with some of the world’s best-respected ensembles from Carnegie Hall to Kuala Lumpur, but relish the opportunity that the ensemble presents to collaborate as chamber musicians.

 

News

DECEMBER 2018

Surprise! We have a concert - and it’s coming up this weekend!

Join The New Consort in celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach at The Bach Store, an all-Bach pop-up, this Sunday, Dec 2, at 6:15 PM. We’re thrilled to be one of the featured guest artists on this installation and concert series exploring the work of this master composer. For more details about The Bach Store, check out this recent NYTimes profile: https://www.nytimes.com/…/23/a…/music/pop-up-bach-store.ht

The program consists of three of his best-loved motets: Komm, Jesu, komm; Jesu, meine Freude; and Singet dem Herrn, all performed by an octet of young professional singers from around NYC. $10 suggested donation at the door, located on the southeast corner of W 56th and Broadway. Hope to see you there!


SEPTEMBER 2018

Thank you all for joining us at High Hopes’ Music Under the Stars last month! We’re in the midst of planning several exciting projects, including the American premiere of emerging UK composer Ben Rowarth’s The Turn paired with the music of Monteverdi later this fall in NYC, and a New England tour of the music of the Dow Partbooks in April. To stay abreast of our activities, please subscribe to our email list. Thanks, looking forward to seeing you at our next concert!



MARCH 2017

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the little match girl passion

Come experience David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, the little match girl passion, performed by The New Consort. Lang's work powerfully confronts secular issues of homelessness and disenfranchisement within a sacred framework drawn from the Passions of Bach. These are issues that persist within the Cambridge community; in an attempt to effect change, we are donating all proceeds from this concert to Jimmy's, Cambridge's only emergency homeless shelter.

Tickets are free, with a requested retiring donation; email barry@jimmyscambridge.org.uk for reservations.

Sunday 12 March 2017, 8:30 PM: The Round Church, Cambridge, UK

 

APRIL 2016

MUCH ADO ABOUT MUSIC: 400 Years of Shakespeare in Song

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The New Consort presents this musical celebration of the Bard’s enduring legacy. The hour-long program will include music written by English composers of Shakespeare’s time, settings of Shakespeare’s texts by a variety of more recent composers, and readings from some of his greatest plays and sonnets. We are particularly excited to present the world premiere of “When He Shall Die,” composed specifically for The New Consort on this occasion by Lyme resident and Wesleyan emeritus faculty member Sarah Meneely-Kyder. The concert aims to celebrate the life and work of this great artist, whose characters and stories continue to wield influence across our culture to this day.

Thursday, April 21, 7 PM: The Country School, 341 Opening Hill Road, Madison, CT

Saturday, April 23, 5 PM: St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT

 

OCTOBER 2015

The New Consort WINS the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music!

For more information about The American Prize, please visit their website.

To book The New Consort or for more information about us, please reach out via the Contact page.

 

LISTEN

A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre

 

WATCH

Eyesight by Steven Stucky

 

In pace by Christopher Tye

 

To Mock Your Reign by Andrew Smith

 

There is an old belief by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

 

MORE INFORMATION

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