Ex Cathedra is an early music ensemble, based in Birmingham, England, that adapts to the needs of the music it performs.
The Choir usually numbers 40 singers, while the Consort consists of eight to 12 singers. Founded in 1969 by Jeffrey Skidmore, who is conductor and artistic director, Ex Cathedra performs early music and new repertoire, presenting choral works from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces commissioned specifically for them. Skidmore and several members had sung previously in the choir at Birmingham Cathedral, and the name was chosen partly as a pun on the term "ex cathedra," meaning, "from the throne" or "with authority." The group aspires to perform with authority, following historic scholarship and pursuing the finest artistry, thereby earning its name. During its 1983-84 season, Skidmore added instrumentalists to the organization as the Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble or Orchestra. Ex Cathedra gives concerts in Birmingham and London, performs in festivals in the United Kingdom and Europe, and has recorded on Hyperion, ASV, and Alto.