THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL College Hall, Worcester Monday July 26th 2021
The powerful text of the Stabat Mater has inspired composers for centuries, and this concert contrasts two outstanding examples of heartfelt and poignant settings by Scarlatti and Gabriel Jackson. In between, The Marian Consort perform a newly commissioned work from Dani Howard, whose music has been described as ‘sophisticated and incredibly beautiful’.
BBC PROMS, London Monday August 9th 2021
The Marian Consort makes its Proms debut with a concert celebrating Renaissance master Josquin des Prez 500 years after his death. Three of Josquin’s greatest motets, all drawing on pre-existing material, are paired with three musical homages – including the kaleidoscopic Inviolata, integra et casta es by the first published black composer, Vicente Lusitano – that each rework Josquin’s own music for a new age.
Tickets on sale 26 June
"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."
"The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped."
"'performances are always vibrant and perfectly tuned’"
"There is an alluring, sometimes intoxicating equilibrium about this disc, regulated by the pure-toned intimacy and blend of Rory McCleery’s fine ensemble."
"The singers perform with a yearning intensity which is just exquisite."
"Exemplary one-to-a-part performances ... the singing is as impassioned as it is effortlessly elegant."
"This is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."
"The Marian Consort’s performances deliver full value in terms of expressive range and sophistication. Pitch-perfect tuning and immaculately clean ensemble … add further to the attractions of this eminently listenable recital."