"Wonderfully zesty and fresh... The vibrant singing of the youthful Erebus Ensemble made the evening" The Independent, August 2014
The Erebus Ensemble was founded by its director, Tom Williams, in October 2012. The ensemble, which focuses on the performance of early sacred music, comprises some of the country's finest young ensemble singers who regularly perform with such groups as The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, Tenebrae and The Gabrieli Consort, as well as being involved in a range of solo engagements.
In the group's short career it has achieved notable successes in London and across the South West having performed at the Beaminster Festival, The Clifton International Festival of Music -"mesmerising" (Bristol Post, June 2013) and as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival Fringe.
In July last year The Erebus Ensemble was thrilled to be invited to perform at the last night of the inaugural Bristol Proms, where they presented a semi-staged (and off copy!) Handel's Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre collaborating with the theatre's celebrated director Tom Morris and soloists including Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Neal Davies. In the lead up to the event Erebus featured on the official album of the Bristol Proms, released on Decca, appearing alongside such artists as Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti. Such was their success at the inaugural festival that they were invited to return this year as the first Ensemble-in-Residence. Throughout the week they collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including John Tams, Pumeza Matshikiza and The English Consort, to critical acclaim.
In April this year Erebus competed against the world's finest in the first London International A Cappella Choir Competition at St John's Smith Square, impressing a panel of judges including Tallis Scholars director, Peter Phillips who described the group's control of challenging 20th century repertoire as 'astonishing', and soprano Dame Emma Kirkby to become the only British ensemble to reach the final, eventually taking overall 2nd place. In addition to their busy concert profile the ensemble leads a variety of choral workshops; watch this space for news of workshops in both Bristol and London.