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John Bryan

John Bryan is Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, where he was awarded a higher doctorate in 2015 for his practice-based research into performing renaissance repertory for viol consort and voices. At the University of Huddersfield John directs the Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble, with whom he has recently performed anthems by Purcell and Blow's Venus and Adonis as well as programmes of late renaissance music from Venice and England. 

Since graduating from the University of York in the 1970s, John has performed world-wide with ensembles including the Landini Consort, the Consort of Musicke, Musica Antiqua of London and the Rose Consort of Viols, and has made numerous recordings for Decca, Naxos, Signum, cpo, Deux-Elles and Delphian. Most recently the Rose Consort has issued CDs on the Delphian label featuring three different sets of consort instruments: English viols after Jacobean models; instruments based on surviving mid-16th century Venetian viols; and a set of viols based on a Bolognese altarpiece of 1497. 

An Artistic Adviser to York Early Music Festival, and a contributor to BBC Radio 3's early music programmes, John has also published articles in Early Music and The Journal of Musicology, and his jointly-authored book Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music has just been published by Routledge. He also acts as a specialist lecturer for music festivals organised by Martin Randall Travel.