DUNSTER FESTIVAL Priory Church of St George, Dunster Saturday May 29th 2021
A programme created especially for Dunster, The Marian Consort will explore music from the time of Sir John Luttrell, feudal baron of Dunster in the 16th Century and a notable soldier, diplomat and courtier to Henry VIII and Edward VI. Beautiful sacred music by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons and other English Tudor composers sits alongside a new piece by award-winning young composer Ben Rowarth which sets Sir John’s personal motto.
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’.
"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."