Eng. ensemble who give song‐recital programmes devoted to a particular theme, often literary, in which songs are perf. with complementary readings (e.g. Scott's influence on composers; Schubert in 1827, etc.). Founded 1976 (début London, August) with art. dir. Graham Johnson and Felicity Lott (sop.), Ann Murray (mez.), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (ten.), and Richard Jackson (bar.). Fest. appearances Aldeburgh, King's Lynn, Buxton, Edinburgh, etc.