Founded in Glasgow in 2015, Cantus Firmus specialises in performances of pre-1650s choral music.
Cantus Firmus has no conductor and is entirely democratic.
To determine concert programmes, each member votes on a large number of pieces amassed by the group. The top ten or 15 make the cut for the next concert.
Rehearsals and performances are led by an appointed facilitator, who proposes a focused but flexible artistic plan which then evolves over time with each singer's unique ideas and talents.
As Cantus Firmus is fundamentally a tight-knit group of friends, no member receives remuneration. The ensemble depends upon the warmth and generosity of its loyal supporters.
Cantus Firmus was initially founded to sing for services of Choral Evensong at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. Ideas for longer concerts later developed and, since 2018, the ensemble has given performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries and St Andrews.
In February 2020, Cantus Firmus launched Sacred Europe, its first set of recordings. The album was released on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as in disc format.
In November 2019, the ensemble took part in a masterclass with The Gesualdo Six and Owain Park at St Andrews Voices Festival.
Cantus Firmus appeared in Genesis Sixteen's Sounds Sublime Online Festival in Summer 2020.
Sophie Boyd (impact officer)
Hannah Morgan (treasurer)
Robert Guthrie (co-manager)
Philip Scott (co-manager)
Joshua McCullough (social media manager)