Every new Friend of The Marian Consort makes an essential contribution to the life and music of the group, enabling our programme of concert, recital, recording and education and outreach work to continue and to grow.
We receive no regular public funding and rely on the generosity of trusts and foundations, companies and our family of loyal donors. The support and generosity of our Friends is a continual source of encouragement and inspiration, allowing us to maintain the high standards for which we are known, as well as bringing our music to an ever-widening audience.
Membership of The Friends of The Marian Consort brings with it a host of benefits, affording you the opportunity to get closer to us and the work that we do.
There are four levels of subscription, each with its own range of benefits.
In addition to the packages detailed below, we welcome individual donations both large and small, and for patrons making significant gifts we can offer bespoke privilege arrangements tailored to their interests. Membership to any level of the Friends of The Marian Consort also makes the perfect gift for music-lovers, and our Friends’ Welcome Pack can be sent to you or directly to the gift recipient.
For more information on the Friends of The Marian Consort, please contact us.
"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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