Inn Stetter Hut concert tour March 2023

Rehearsal at Sophie’s Barn – lots of music to organise.
7 viols dropped off at the Holywell Music Room.

We spent the first two days of March rehearsing for our upcoming tour of ‘Inn Stetter Hut, music for the richest man in the world’. What a great programme it is: such variety and beauty; from the moving ‘regretz’ settings to the more rustic ‘La la hö hö’ and James Gilchrist’s heartwarming singing can’t fail to move you.

Our concert tour kicked off in Oxford and was a very sociable occasion hosted by Dr Peter Collins, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall. A pre-concert talk with James Gilchrist and David Hatcher in conversation with Professor of German Literature & Linguistics Henrike Lähnemann was preceded by tea in the Old Dining Hall St Edmund Hall. Henrike has worked tirelessly with us on this project – translating the texts and working with James on the songs.

Henrike’s illuminating blog post with links to the concert programme and script of talk is linked here:

Professor of German Literature & Linguistics Henrike Lähnemann
Resting Linarol viols made by Richard Jones
James Gilchrist, Henrike Lähnemann and David Hatcher at the pre-concert talk with Henrike’s trumpet with the St Edmund Hall coat of arms.

Video of talk is here:

Many thanks to Peter Collins and team at St Edmund Hall for all their help and support with the concert. It was quite an experience for Claire to be making music at her alma mater where she officially studied Fine Art decades ago.

Linarol Consort with James Gilchrist at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Here is a video of the concert kindly recorded by Natascha Domeisen.

Triple happiness: the Linarol Consort & James Gilchrist & all at Holywell Music Room, thought the oldest, purpose built music room in Europe. A concert to launch the second volume of their CD of 16th Century German Love Songs. The melancholy of a viol consort. Bloody wonderful. Audience member

Next stop on the tour was Cambridge where we were invited to play for Cambridge Early Music . Thank you to Beatriz Aranguren, Edward Wickham and the welcoming staff at Downing Place URC for such a comfortable concert venue on a very wet day. So lovely to see lots of viol playing friends in the audience.

Cambridge railings: our concert advertised next to Steve Reich’s Piano Circus.

We were honoured to be featured on the Early Music Show’s Early Music News slot presented by Mark Seow on Sunday 5th March appropriately themed ‘Follow the Lieder – history of German art song’. Listen here – we’re on during the last 10 minutes.

Thank you to Tina Vadaneaux and the Continuo Foundation team for all their help and support in promoting the tour. Please check out the Continuo Connect website for upcoming UK early music concerts.

And thank you to Sarah at Da Capo Digital for her inspirational help with digital marketing.

Cambridge Early Music concert at Downing Place URC.

To conclude the first week we performed in the norman splendor of the north nave of Leominster Priory which was promoted by John and Kath Brain of Espressivo Concerts.

View from stage at Leominster Priory 10th March 2023

It was a freezing cold night but we were warmly welcomed by Kath and John, and the friendly audience.

King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells 17th March rehearsal

And finally on 17th March we performed in the very handsome church of King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells with its fabulous ceiling.

King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells 17th March

Thank you to Rupert Preston-Bell the director of music at the church who made us so welcome and to the warm audience including a group of friendly A level students.

King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells 17th March

We are very grateful to generous support from Gemma Classical Music TrustAngel Early MusicThe Music Reprieval Trust, Dr Peter Collins and the Continuo Foundation.

David, Claire, Ali and Tim on Queen’s Lane, Oxford, off to St Edmund Hall for a warming cup of tea

There is one more opportunity to hear this engaging programme live, coming up soon.

Monday, April 24th 7.30pm: St Mary’s Church, Luton LU1 3JF More information here.

It’d be lovely to see you in Luton for Music on Mondays.

What a treat to hear this extraordinary music, which to my ears seemed ahead of its time. So intricate and exquisite, and wonderfully performed. As you could tell, the audience were absolutely enthralled and I found it very moving. I think as the evening went on we realised we were hearing something really special. Audience member Tunbridge Wells.

For upcoming concerts please visit Linarol Consort and also Continuo Connect a new site which features UK early music concerts, ensembles and musicians.

CD – more information here or email

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