Founded in 2017 by director James Fellows, Luceat was established to sing a week-long residency at Peterborough Cathedral. Designed primarily to give young singers the opportunity to perform in some of Britain's most beautiful spaces, the choir has gone from strength to strength, and now brings together some of the finest young voices in the country. Many of our members sing in ensembles such as Genesis Sixteen, 24 and hold choral scholarships in the UK's premier collegiate environments. Luceat also counts a number of more experienced professionals among its members, including many current or former lay clerks, who bring a wealth of wisdom and insight to the choir's rich sound.
Our recent work has seen the choir perform sell-out concerts of Handel's Messiah and Bach St Matthew Passion at St Giles' Church in Oxford, undertake an acclaimed week's long residency at Truro Cathedral, and record its first commercial CD, due for release in May. This recording featured a number of world premières, notably, the first mixed-choir recording of Francisco de Peñalosa's atmospheric Missa Ave Maria Peregrina, alongside a substantial double choir work by the 16th century Bolognese composer Andrea Rota. The choir's specialisms lie largely in the Catholic tradition of polyphony and chant, as well as the rediscovery of earlier works.