From Dukes of Ferrara to Castello Sannazzaro

The Leominster Early Music weekend in March seems a very long time ago.  The run up to Easter is the busy time for viola da gamba players - too many notes to practise and no time for blog updating! The Border Voices Vivat Hercules! concert with Evelyn Tubb was exhilarating and we had a large [...]

Music for the Dukes of Ferrara – the composers and works

We will be joining Border Voices and Evelyn Tubb in a concert of wonderful renaissance music on 17th March in Leominster Priory. In this blog, David Hatcher has written fascinating and informative notes about the composers and sublime repertoire that we will be performing that evening. Please do come if you can - we would love to see [...]

Hawkwood residency 28th January – 1st February

It was such a privilege to have five uninterrupted days, well, apart from eating the superb food of course, at Hawkwood College to just play the collection of renaissance viols in a variety of combinations and tunings. We took the chance to really get to grips with the skills required to read from early 16th [...]

New Year 2019

Firstly a belated happy 2019 from the Linarol Consort! We are looking forward to our upcoming residency at Hawkwood College from 28th January to 1st February. We will be joined by the wonderful soprano, Evelyn Tubb, in preparation for the 17th March concert of Italian music at the Leominster Early Music Weekend with Border Voices [...]

Where’s the cat?

Richard Jones is working on a new bass viol for David Hatcher which, though based on the original Linarol tenor, has a body size of the Ciciliano bass housed in the Kunst Historische Museum, Vienna (SAM.72). It will therefore have a smaller body than Richard's usual bass viols but with a long string length. Here [...]