Announcing our digital season

Published: 15th July 2020

The Marian Consort is launching a major new strand of digital work. The headline feature of this will be six 50-minute programmes available on-demand, starting 30 July. Centred around vocal music, we’ve collaborated with poets, artists, actors, academics, filmmakers, and writers to shine new light and bring you something different.

These will be available pay-per-view via our website. For under a fiver you’ll get carefully-crafted films shot in stunning spaces, featuring seraphic performances, incisive commentary, and beautiful visual art. You’ll get exclusive insight videos and behind-the-scenes snapshots for free. See details of our first tranche of programmes below.

We’re also kicking off a new series of commissions from visual artists. Our first, ‘like strangers’ comes from Kivu Ruhorahoza, an award-winning filmmaker based in Rwanda, which you can watch right now.

There will be more videos, podcasts, and articles for you to get stuck into, and we’ve made it easier for you to find all our digital work via our new Watch, Listen, Read page. Digital is not just for coronavirus, though: we’ll be maintaining this digital strand when our ‘normal’ activity resumes, continuing to offer on-demand programmes so we can reach audiences even if we’re not with you physically.

We’ve taken time to get this digital work right. In putting these projects together, we’ve been able to give our freelance artists work and we needed to make sure it was safe. We also wanted to make work that you won’t see anywhere else, and that takes a little more thought and preparation.

Back in the live world, things are starting to look up: we’re excited to perform at Stour Festival, Kent (September), and Zwischentöne, Switzerland (October).

This is a rapidly changing world, and, as a very small organisation, a constant learning process for us. Turning around our entire model of activity has been hard but exciting work, and we hope you’ll support us by watching, sharing, and shouting about it.

We’re sure there’ll be things to improve on, and we hope you’ll let us know. We’re always keen to hear from audiences, artists, potential collaborators… Get in touch!

We’d like to thank Arts Council England and the Friends of The Marian Consort for supporting this work. If you’d like to support us you can make a donation here.


BYRD SONG A sequence of music, poetry, and bird song, inspired by William Byrd, known in his own time as the country’s ‘nightingale’. Featuring Sean Shibe, Ryan-Walker Edwards, and The Marian Consort, with music by William Byrd, Francis Cutting, Martin Peerson, and poetry by Roger Robinson, Claude McKay, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and William Byrd(!). Available from 30 July.

CULT We explore women’s voices and the cult of the Virgin Mary in the Renaissance. Featuring Ell Potter, Marina Warner, and The Marian Consort, with music by Raphaella Aleotti, Clemens non Papa, and Orlando Lassus, and texts by Tullia d’Aragona, Aemilia Lanyer, Chiara Matraini and Pietro de’Zorzi. Available from 27 August.

ALLEGRI’S MISERERE? Tracking the myths and mistakes behind choral music’s most famous work. Featuring music from the Sistine Chapel by Allegri, Palestrina, and Anerio, plus commentary from a man who has spent hours and hours of his life in libraries around the world tracking down the real Miserere. Available from 24 September.


Second tranche to be announced soon, featuring HEINRICH SCHÜTZ, THOMAS TALLIS, SCOTS FIDDLE LAMENTS, JAN KORCHOWSKI, A SWABIAN COBBLER-FARMER, LUCA SHAW, CHRISTOPHER TYE, WILLIAM MUNDY, IGHTHAM MOTE and more

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