Cambridge Early Music Festival, Cambridge - Friday May 11th 2018 An Emerald in a Work of Gold - Music from the Dow & Baldwin Partbooks (part of The Marian Consort's 10th Anniversary Residency)
Cambridge Early Music Festival, Cambridge - Saturday May 12th 2018 Miserere mei - Music of Lamentation from Renaissance Portugal (part of The Marian Consort's 10th Anniversary Residency)
Bath Festival, Bath - Tuesday May 15th 2018 In sorrow's footsteps - Reflections on Allegri & Palestrina
St John's School Old Chapel, Leatherhead - Wednesday May 16th 2018 In sorrow's footsteps - Reflections on Allegri & Palestrina featuring St John's lower school choir
Celebration of Music & Arts, Penzance - Friday May 18th 2018 In sorrow's footsteps - Reflections on Allegri & Palestrina
Dunster Festival (25th-27th May), West Somerset - Friday May 25th 2018 3 performances over the festival weekend
Swaledale Festival, Richmond - Saturday June 2nd 2018 In sorrow's footsteps - Reflections on Allegri & Palestrina, featuring Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir
"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."
"You are left in no doubt of the agony of the crucifixion in the vocal and horn climax of the opening chorus of Stabat Mater ... intense and riveting."
"There’s earnest beauty in it and the instrumental playing on this recording is spot on – the Berkeley Ensemble under David Wordsworth clinches the balance of chaste, plaintive and urgent."
"The Marian Consort has built an enviable reputation for coolly poised and precisely balanced performances and indeed there are times here when the listener can only sit back and admire, seduced by the sheer beauty of sound."
"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."
"The Marian Consort’s background in early music pays dividends in their superb precision of pitch, impeccable rhythmic placing and beautiful diction … the lush harmonies that open [Judica me] are sumptuously delivered and beautifully recorded."
"Little is known about the 16th-century composer, except that his beautifully smooth polyphony was much admired ... As revealed with pellucid clarity by Rory McCleery’s young Marian Consort on this first recording devoted exclusively to Maillard, he was a subtly expressive composer."
"With two women in the group, they make no pretence at emulating what might have happened in the 16th century; but that lets them sing out with more freedom. So this is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."
"The motets are more adventurous, declamatory and cleverly nuanced, with a recognisable house style. The Marian Consort produces a very pleasing sound."
"The most striking feature of this entertainingly varied collection is the consistently fresh, fruit-ripe tonal quality of the Marian Consort's singing … poised and flexible, the text responded to with notable insight and maturity."