The Rose Consort of Viols: Biography


Photo:Stephan Renard

The Rose Consort of Viols with Clare Wilkinson at L'Eglise d'Asfeld, Asfeld Festival June 2006.

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 repertoire. With its unique blend of intimacy, intricacy, passion and flamboyance, this music ranges from Taverner and Byrd, to Lawes, Locke and Purcell, forming the basis of the Rose Consort’s programmes, which may also include singers, lutes and keyboard instruments. The Rose Consort has received awards for its research and performance of newly devised programmes, some of which have been toured on the Early Music Network, and has also commissioned and performed new pieces for voices and viols by Malcolm Bruno, Elizabeth Liddle and Ivan Moody.

The Consort performs extensively throughout Britain and the continent of Europe, appears regularly on the BBC and in the major London concert halls, and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for Amon Ra, Woodmansterne and Naxos. The Consort’s CDs for Naxos include an anthology of Elizabethan Consort Music in addition to those of Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Tomkins and Purcell (selected by The Sunday Times as the best available version) previously released. More recently the Rose Consort has issued CDs of instrumental music by the Ferraboscos (father and son) and John Ward on the German label cpo and a recording with Clare Wilkinson of music by Tallis, Tye, Byrd and Tomkins on the Deux-Elles label.

Rose Consort concerts often include guest soloists such as soprano Emma Kirkby, mezzo Clare Wilkinson, the vocal groups Red Byrd, Stile Antico and the BBC Singers, lutenists Jacob Heringman, Jakob Lindberg and keyboard player Timothy Roberts. The Consort regularly performs at the York Early Music Festival and has also featured at Festivals in Canada (Festival Vancouver) and the USA (Boston, New York, Boulder, Portland, Oregon and Seattle) as well as at the Greenwich International Festival of Early Music in London. The Consort is in residence each July at Dartington International Summer School and has been featured as a guest ensemble at the Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering in Hawaii. Future concerts include performances at the 2011 York Early Music Festival and a concert in Europe’s earliest surviving purpose-built concert hall, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford.

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