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Marian Consort, The

Style of ensemble Vocal, Instrumental

Biography

Period:16th - 18th Centuries; also 15th Century and Contemporary repertoire

Taking its name from the Blessed Virgin Mary, a focus of religious devotion in the sacred music of all ages, The Marian Consort is a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, recognised for its freshness of approach and innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. Under its founder and director, Rory McCleery, this 'astounding' (The Herald) ensemble has given concerts throughout the UK and Europe, features regularly on BBC Radio 3, and is a former 'Young Artist' of The Brighton Early Music Festival.

Known for its engaging performances and imaginative programming, the group draws its members from amongst the very best performers on the early music scene today. They are committed to inspiring a love of singing in others, and have led participatory educational workshops for a wide range of ages and abilities. The Marian Consort is also a proud exponent of contemporary music, juxtaposing latter-day and Renaissance pieces in concert in order to shed new light on both. As part of this commitment to new music, the group has commissioned works from a number of leading British choral composers.

The Marian Consort records for Delphian Records, and their CD releases have met with considerable critical acclaim in the broadsheets and specialist press. Their discs have been praised for 'performances that glow with golden purity and soul', 'precision and pellucid textures', 'impeccable polish and blend' and for 'drawing the listener in by quiet persuasion and musical intelligence of the highest order'.


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Sample programme

Main contact name
Rory McCleery, Artistic Director

Email address
enquiries@marianconsort.co.uk

Website address
www.marianconsort.co.uk

Other associated sites
http://www.facebook.com/themarianconsort http://twitter.com/marianconsort