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Raikes Consort

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About Raikes Consort

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A group of instrumentalists and singers performing baroque and contemporary repertoire, as well as opera, from the University of Cambridge.

Raikes Consort is a collective of instrumentalists and singers from the University of Cambridge. Founded by artistic director Jamie Conway in 2018, their first performance was of Handel's formidable Dixit Dominus, the various choral scholars singing two to a part. The consort performs separately as an orchestra and choir, as well as together for larger choral works. Find out more at the links below. The consort is named after Robert Raikes "the Younger" (1736-1811) who was a philanthropist and Anglican layman from Gloucester in the west of England. Raikes was a pioneer of the Sunday school movement, which he first developed in Gloucester from 1780 for impoverished and factory bound boys. He publicised the teaching in the Gloucester Journal which he inherited from his father, and, bearing most of the early costs himself, several schools were set up around the city within two years, later also admitting girls. By 1831 Sunday schools were educating 1,250,000 children, around a quarter of the population, and are therefore seen as the precursor to the state education system the UK now benefits from. Robert Raikes' House, sometime location of one of Raikes' Sunday schools, maintains a beautiful frontage on Southgate Street in the centre of Gloucester, and is now the location of the consort's spiritual home, the Robert Raikes Inn.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform while walking around a venue
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Early music, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Traditional church music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Song list

Byrd - Ave verum
Mendelssohn - Ave Maria
Stanford - Beati quorum via
Bainton - And I saw a new heaven
Purcell - Hear my prayer
Byrd - Mass for 4 voices
Conway - De Profundis
Conway - Ave verum
Howells - Like as the hart
Howells - O pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Bullock - Give us the wings of faith
Howells - Collegium Regale
Parry - My soul, there is a country
Ireland - Greater Love
Bairstow - Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Victoria - O quam gloriosum
Monteverdi - Cantate Domino
Palestrina - Sicut Cervus
Palestrina - Ne irascaris
Palestrina - Civitas sancti
Tallis - O nata lux
Tallis - If ye love me
Purcell - Thou knowest, Lord
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Conway - Recorder Concerto
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Rossini - Il signor Bruschino
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We perform as a choir, a chamber orchestra, and combined. We can typically provide groups as small as 2 and as large as 20, although we most commonly perform as 4 or 8 singers. Both the choir and orchestra are flexible so don't hesitate to ask.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We understand that sometimes timings have to change slightly, and will always do our best to accommodate this. If you know that there is a possibility that things will move nearer the time, please let us know at the earliest opportunity so that we can prepared - we are happy to work with you if you tell us!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

We typically expect between 60 and 90 minutes to rehearse at the venue in the location we will performing, but this may be considerably less or more depending on the set.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we are happy to discuss the possibility of roaming, "flash mobbing" a functioning, etc.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We certainly can take requests before performing at functions and the like, provided that you inform us in plenty of time! If there are cost implications with sourcing music or it requiring a large amount of rehearsal then these must of course be met by you.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We don't normally perform with a PA although we do do miked close harmony/acappella sets if required. We won't normally be able to provide a PA for this, but are comfortable with performing this genre without such equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We certainly can take requests before performing at functions and the like, provided that you inform us in plenty of time! If there are cost implications with sourcing music or it requiring a large amount of rehearsal then these must of course be met by you.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have given concert performances in many venues around Cambridge including Emmanuel and Robinson College Chapels, and West Road Concert Hall, as well as further afield. We are happy to perform in a wide variety of situations, large or small.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classically we look up to our predecessors at Cambridge such as John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Maggie Faultless and the OAE. As an acappella group, we also enjoy performing the likes of Take 6, The Real Group and The Swingle Singers.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The orchestra of the consort gave a performance of Bach's Fourth and Fifth Brandenburg Concertos in West Road Concert Hall in October 2018. Additionally the choir has toured to Florence, Italy, and will return in August 2019 to sing at St Mark's English Church and elsewhere.