The Pancras Consort was founded in 1992 as a high-level project choir based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Under the direction of Hans Brons, the singers have performed nationwide, including at the Utrecht Early Music Festival fringe, the prestigious Oude Kerk in Delft, in Blaricum and Wassenaar, and in the Hooglandse kerk in Leiden. Although the focus is largely on reviving little-known compositions from the Renaissance and the Baroque eras, the choir also performs twentieth and twenty-first century works by composers such as Poulenc, Górecki, Pärt, Lauridsen, Whitacre, MacMillan, and “Composer in Residence” Emma Brown.
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Conductor Hans Brons (b.1956) began his career singing as a boy soprano in the Hooglandse kerk in 1962. In 1974 he joined the Leidse Cantorij, which he has conducted since 1980. In the late 1980s he started working with small ensembles of young, aspiring-professional singers, mostly training under the acclaimed singing pedagogue Leny Stevens-Ridderhof. Hans Brons has conducted in venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster, and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. He founded the Pancras Consort in 1992 as a project choir, specialising largely in Renaissance and Baroque music.
Hans Brons performs regularly as a solo bass in church music, lied, and oratorio. Recently, he has sung Jesus in Schütz’s St. Matthew Passion, Theile’s St. Matthew Passion, and Lizst’s Via Crucis. He has also performed Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin and Schumann’s Dichterliebe at solo recitals.