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

‘There are precious few ensembles working in the particular repertorial field which The Linarol Consort has made their own. Their masterful programming, commitment to scholarship and outstanding musicianship makes them one of our most valuable early music ensembles.’ Dr Edward Wickham, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Our debut CD La La Hö Hö  is now out on  Inventa from Resonus “The performances on this disc are outstanding, and the soundworld is seductive and delightful.”   For the full review from Planet Hugill click here 

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For information about our Josquin 500 Festival please visit Josquin500.com

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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.

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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News and events

Debut CD out now!

Our new CD

La La Hö Hö: 16th Century Viol Music for the Richest Man in the World

is out now!

To buy a copy, direct from us, please click here

It is published by the Inventa label of Resonus. 


Three Choirs Festival in Worcester 2021

We are pleased to announce that our concert of 16th Century Love Songs with James Gilchrist is due to take place on Friday 30th July 2021. For the complete programme click here

Lunchtime concert from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts

La Nouvelle Musique -Innovative music for viols from the court of Philip the Fair

To read the programme click here

Check out David’s blog post La Nouvelle Musique which will give you fascinating insight into the concert’s programme.


Consort music minus one – a project for these distracted times

We’re all missing viol consort playing but David has come up with an ingenious idea. Have a look at his ever-expanding catalogue hereFor a small fee you can download scores, complete performance tracks and minus one tracks. For more information see below, visit David’s website or email him directly to order.


Please click here for a selection of previous events

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Josquin 500 Festival

We are pleased to announce that this summer we will be hosting a celebration of the music of Josquin des Prez ‘Master of the notes’.

For more information visit our Josquin 500 Festival website.

Josquin’s autograph scratched in the plaster of the singers’ balcony, Sistine Chapel, Rome

The festival will take place in August and September 2021 with live and streamed events. The first concert will be broadcast on the 500th anniversary of his death, August 27th, with the subsequent concerts and associated events taking place throughout September.

In our exploration of the exquisite sound world of Josquin, playing on viols of the early 16th century, will be joined by acclaimed musical friends in a series of events marking this very special anniversary.

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