Screen Shot 2018-02-23 at 10.23.51 copyDavid Hatcher  Asako Morikawa  Alison Kinder  Claire Horáček


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David Hatcher   Asako Morikawa   Alison Kinder   Claire Horáček

The Linarol Consort of Renaissance Viols draws together players who are leading exponents of the viol as both a consort and solo instrument, and focuses uniquely on their love of the instrument’s very earliest sound and repertoire.

The Consort takes its name from the maker of the original viol on which the instruments they play are modelled: all are copies of one surviving viol by the Venetian maker Francesco Linarol, who was active throughout the 16th century and currently displayed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. David has worked closely with viol maker Richard Jones, who will shortly complete his 100th copy of the Linarol viol, to recreate two sets of viols: a “high” consort of treble, two tenors and a bass, and a “low” consort, pitched a fourth lower, comprising a tenor, two basses and a “great” bass.

To view the Linarol Consort playing Cipriano de Rore’s classic madrigal, Ancor che col partire and Tanndernac by Petrus Alamire click on the titles. The videos were filmed by Michael Hamilton in Worcester.

Photographs of the group were kindly taken by Anthony Pearson.  Do have a look at more of his great photos on his website Dank Spangle.

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Future concerts

Friday, 16th November 2018: 6pm

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge 

Linarol consort Cambridge-1

Musica Teutsch 
Instrumental music from the Germanic lands of the early 16th century
One of the most striking aspects of German music of the early 16th century is the huge number of extant sources of both hand-written and printed manuscripts. From its inception at the start of the century in Venice, with the exquisitely executed moveable type prints of Ottaviano Petrucci, music printing exploded in the Germanic lands, where the radical thinking of Luther and the reformists demanded the mass production of pamphlets, resulting in a rapid increase of the numbers of printing houses. In fact, this corpus of surviving sources probably represents only a small fraction of what was produced at the time. We have, in all likelihood, lost more German sources from this period than from any other time or place in the early modern era.
Playing on reproductions of the earliest surviving viol, the Linarol Consort of Viols will guide the audience through this enchanting repertoire, with works by Josquin, Isaac, Senfl, de la Rue and many more.

Previous concerts

Sunday, 29th April 2018:  3pm 

Old St Martin’s Church, Cornmarket, Worcester WR1 2PN

Worcester Early Music Festival


“Will niemand singen?” Will no one sing? Songs and consort music of the court of Maximilian I

Music from a hitherto unpublished manuscript in Vienna, newly edited by David Hatcher.

David Hatcher presenting Richard Jones with a set of his newly published Consort Music from the court of Maximilian I
Richard and the Linarol Consort with Matthew Pochin at St Martin’s in the Cornmarket, Worcester 29th April

Thursday, 19th April: 7.30pm

St Michael’s Church, Discoed, Presteigne, LD8 2NW

A blue sky in Wales for our concert at St Michael’s April 19th
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