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Ex Cathedra is a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries, via almost all points in between. It has become known for its passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.  It comprises a choir, Consort of 10 voices and period instrument orchestra.

Since it was founded by Jeffrey Skidmore in 1969, the group has established a niche for the research and performance of neglected or hitherto unknown Early Music repertoire, and for ground-breaking re-examination of choral classics.  It is also acknowledged as a champion of contemporary choral composers, regularly commissioning new work and giving world premieres.

Ex Cathedra presents its own series of concerts both in its home city of Birmingham, where it is an Associate Artist at Town Hall, and in London.  It is delighted to receive invitations to appear at festivals and concert series across the UK and abroad. Recent UK performances have included Stockhausen's World Parliament for the London 2012 Festival and BBC Proms 2013 (London premiere).  Recent tours have taken Ex Cathedra to Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the USA, where it has performed music from Gabrieli, Scarlatti and Handel to the Latin American Baroque.  Over the last three years, the group has collaborated with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Fretwork, Birmingham Opera Company, Sinfonia New York, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet, among others.

Much more than a choir, Ex Cathedra aims to share its knowledge, expertise and love of singing with as many people as possible through high quality performances, workshops, education and training initiatives not only in its home city of Birmingham, but also across the UK and internationally.

Ex Cathedra is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.

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