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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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 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."
"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."