An Emerald in a Work of Gold – Observer Review

Published: 26th December 2012

A wonderful Christmas present for us in the form of another lovely review of ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold’, this time in Sunday’s Observer by Nicholas Kenyon: he comments on the ‘sonorous but clear acoustic’ of All Souls chapel which ‘allows the voices of the Marian Consort to bloom’, and ends by summarising ‘sublime…a beautiful picture of one man’s enthusiasms’.

Click here for a link to the full review on the Guardian website, and to purchase copies, visit the recordings page here on our website.

5-star Scotsman review of An Emerald in a Work of Gold

Published: 12th December 2012

We were delighted to read Ken Walton’s review of ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold’ in this Monday’s Scotsman – as well as giving us 5 stars, he noted that ‘McCleery elicits performances that glow with golden purity and soul’.


To read the whole review, click here, and to purchase copies, go to our recordings page here on the website!

An Emerald in a Work of Gold ****

Published: 7th December 2012

The second review of ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold – Music from the Dow Partbooks’, in today’s ‘i’ newspaper, has given our new disc 4 stars, singling out Gwen Martin’s performance of the beautiful consort song ‘O Lord, how vain’ by William Byrd, which is ‘delivered with duly unornamented clarity’.

The disc is available now here on our website, on Itunes, Amazon, and at all good classical music retailers.

Sunday Times Review – An Emerald in a Work of Gold

Published: 4th December 2012

Here’s what the Sunday Times had to say about our latest CD, ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold – Music from the Dow Partbooks’, released yesterday:

‘Here are well-chosen selections from a rich compendium of mostly Elizabethan, mostly English music created by the connoisseur Robert Dow in the 1580s. From William Mundy’s exquisite Sive vigilem to to Robert Parsons’s wonderful Ave Maria setting, the ensemble sings with eloquence and expressive finesse.’

To hear it for yourself, and to grab a copy, head to our recordings page here on the website.

An Emerald in a Work of Gold – now available

Published: 4th December 2012

Our latest CD, ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold – Music from the Dow Partbooks’, is now available here on our website, as well as for digital download from Amazon and Itunes, and from all good Classical Music retailers.

Head to our recordings page to hear samples and to purchase the disc.

Review of Brighton Early Music Festival Concert

Published: 3rd November 2012

Following our extremely enjoyable concert at the Brighton Early Music Festival on Thursday (with a wonderfully warm and friendly audience!), here’s a review of the event, which you can read by clicking here.


New CD – An Emerald in a Work of Gold

Published: 22nd October 2012

We’re very excited to have received the advance copies of our latest CD, ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold – Music from the Dow Partbooks’ from the lovely people at Delphian Records. We’re delighted with the disc (and the beautiful cover!) and have fond memories of the recording sessions back in January, where we collaborated with the wonderful Rose Consort of Viols.

It’s officially released on December 3rd (in time to make an excellent stocking filler!), but copies will soon be available to pre-order here on our website, and as an added incentive to attend, they will also be on sale at our concerts in Brighton and Oxford on November 1st and 7th respectively – see you there!

Autumn concerts

Published: 28th August 2012

We’ve got some exciting concerts lined up in the next few months, beginning with our only Scottish appearance this year in St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh tomorrow evening at 9pm – a lovely programme of ‘Music for the Close of Day’, which went down a treat when we performed it in Wales earlier in the Summer.

Then we’re at King’s Place on September 15th, and the Brighton Early Music Festival on November 1st, with other things in the pipeline – for more information on these and other upcoming performances, visit our ‘Concerts’ page!

July Concerts

Published: 10th July 2012

We’re performing around the UK in the coming months, and in July we’re in Nottingham on the 10th and in Conwy on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on these and other upcoming performances, visit our ‘Concerts’ page.

The Marian Consort on Youtube

Published: 6th May 2012

In addition to the audio samples to be found here on our website, we are also now on Youtube! Below is us singing Monteverdi’s beautiful madrigal ‘Sfogava con le stelle’, recorded live at our concert in the La Caixa Forum in Girona back in January. Enjoy!


"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."

The Sunday Times

"The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped."

The Gaurdian

"'performances are always vibrant and perfectly tuned’"

The Times

"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 Scotsman

"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."

BBC Music Magazine

"This is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."


"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."

Early Music Today

"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."

BBC Music Magazine