Consort Music from the Court of Maximilian I (Vienna Ms. 18 810)

David's edition of the 86 piece manuscript of consort music by leading 16th century composers such as Senfl, Isaac, Josquin and Pierre de la Rue has recently been published. It is available from Jacks, Pipes and Hammers (contact, tel.01422 882751) or directly from David via The edition's publication coincided with the Linarol Consort's two [...]

Tenorlied with viols

For our concerts in April at Worcester Early Music Festival, St Martin's in the Cornmarket, Sunday 29th April at 3pm and at St Michael's Church, Discoed on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm we have great pleasure in being joined by tenor Mathew Pochin.  Below is some background into the songs we will be performing with Matthew. [...]

The Linarol tenor SAM66

Some musings by David about the origins of the instruments. The Linarol Consort came into existence in order to explore the soundscape of a unique viol. Known by the dry, curatorial “SAM66”, this remarkable instrument, a tenor viol made in Venice in about 1540, is the sole surviving viol of the great Venetian luthier Francesco [...]

Preparing the programme: Part 1

David has been writing the programme for the concerts at the end of April and here is the introduction with some extra pictures. In 2011 I came into possession of a facsimile reprint of a manuscript of German, Flemish and French consort pieces of the early 16th century, now held in the vast collection of [...]