Rose Consort of Viols
The Rose Consort of Viols takes its name from the celebrated family of viol-makers, whose work spanned the growth and flowering of the English consort repertory. The Consort performs extensively throughout the UK and Europe, appears regularly on the BBC and in the major London concert halls, and has also featured at festivals in Canada and the USA, and as a guest ensemble at the Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering in Hawaii. Concerts have featured guest soloists such as sopranos Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis, mezzosopranos Catherine King and Clare Wilkinson, the vocal groups Red Byrd, Stile Antico and the BBC Singers, lutenists Jacob Heringman, Jakob Lindberg and Christopher Wilson, and keyboard player Timothy Roberts. Recent engagements have included performances at the BBC Proms Matinees at Cadogan Hall with vocal ensemble Tenebrae, at the National Gallery in London, and for Semana de Musica Religiosa in Cuenca, Spain. Members of the Rose Consort of Viols are in demand as tutors on courses throughout the world, including those at Little Benslow Hills and Dartington International Summer School.
The Rose Consort has received awards for its research and performance of newly devised programmes, and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for Delphian and other labels, including most recently An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Dow Partbooks (Delphian DCD34115), a disc of music by Byrd and his contemporaries in collaboration with The Marian Consort, and Serenissima (DCD34149), a programme of music from Renaissance Europe performed on instruments by Richard Jones copied from the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument by Francesco Linarol from c.1540. A second recorded collaboration with The Marian Consort, Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (DCD34160), was released in autumn 2015 to critical acclaim.