LAMMERMUIR FESTIVAL, Haddington, East Lothian Sunday September 19th 2021
In this beautiful programme The Marian Consort explore music of mourning and supplication from Renaissance Portugal alongside comparable settings from the English church. Late 16th century Habsburg Portugal was a kingdom without a king, its people governed by a foreign power. Settings of biblical texts of lamentation gave life to a rich expression of covert political commentary as well as to religious feeling.
INSPIRING BACH, St Giles Cripplegate, London Thursday October 28th 2021
CAMBRIDGE EARLY MUSIC, Cambridge Wednesday November 3rd 2021
Renaissance protest songs with English and Portuguese music by Lobo, Cardoso, Morago, Tallis, Byrd and White.
ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY, King's College Chapel Thursday November 11th 2021
"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."