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.

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


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. He has made it possible for all of us to play along with him in a new series of four part consort pieces taken from an accessible manuscript of 16th century German songs. He has recorded the entire manuscript, more that 75 pieces, of the Gassenhawerlin und Reutterliedlin manuscriptFor 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.

Consort music minus one intro

The 2020 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester has been postponed until July 2021.

We hope to present our programme with James Gilchrist next summer in Worcester. 

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Rescheduled for January 2021

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham

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


Previous concerts and events

Wednesday 20th May 2020: 7.30pm –  sadly this is postponed due to Covid-19

St Michael’s Church Discoed, nr Presteigne

La la hö hö: Songs for the richest man in Europe with James Gilchrist, tenor



Wednesday, 30th January: 11am

Sophie’s Barn, nr Banbury.

Sunday, 17th March 2019: 7.30pm

Vivat Hercules! Music for the dukes of Ferrara with Evelyn Tubb (soprano) and Border Voices.

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Hawkwood College residency:  28th January to 1st February 2019


Friday, 16th November 2018: 6pm

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge 

Linarol consort Cambridge-1

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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