The Ulster Consort made its debut with a stellar, critically acclaimed performance of Handel's Messiah in December 2019. It is Northern Ireland's newest professional music ensemble and one of the very few professional vocal ensembles in the country. Founded by internationally renowned conductor, Matthew Owens, the core of the Consort's performers are Northern Irish, and based in Northern Ireland.
The Consort focuses on concert performances of the finest works of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods – working with period instruments and in an historically informed manner – through to smaller-scaled works of the Romantic era and the 20th century. Forthcoming projects involve working composers of the calibre of Michael Berkeley, Howard Skempton, and Philip Wilby.