The Swan Consort
The Swan Consort is an elite chamber choir based in the UK. They were founded in August 2018 by British Asian conductor, Anita Datta, and launched with a residency in Lincoln Cathedral and Beverley. In their first year alone they performed to acclaim at venues including the University of Cambridge, Lincoln Cathedral and Beverley Minster, and were invited to sing festal Mass for Ascension Day in York Minster. The Swan Consort specialise in retrieving forgotten gems from the European Renaissance, and discovering new music by diverse voices in the present day. With their engaging and person-centred approach, they present meaningful programmes that engage new audiences whilst delighting and surprising seasoned concert-goers. The Swan Consort have been highly praised for their ongoing collaboration with Chicago-based musicologist Dr. Eric Esparza in performing the rarely heard Vespers Motets of Venetian composer Francesco Cavalli’s collection. Equally their explorations into new music and cross-cultural expressions have touched listeners, and sparked new projects and collaborations nationally and internationally.
Anita Datta is a young British conductor based in the North of England. Born in 1992, she is one of the few ethnic minority women in a field that remains one of the most gender imbalanced professions to date. She founded the Swan Consort to perform the music of the European renaissance, and as a vehicle to explore music that is not so often heard. Raised in Hull, East Yorkshire, Anita is committed to widening accessibility in the arts in the North of England and particularly enjoys curating performances for new and unusual audiences.