The Marian Consort explores powerful, heartfelt music from Renaissance England alongside songs of plea and protest from the folk tradition.
Praised for ‘precision and pellucid textures’ (The Times) The Marian Consort performs music from the fifteenth century to the present day, with a focus on bringing to light and championing lesser-known works by composers such as Vicente Lusitano, Raffaella Aleotti and Jean Maillard.
William Byrd was a devout Catholic who, like his friend and mentor Thomas Tallis, made his religious convictions clear in his use of texts, a potentially dangerous strategy in Protestant Elizabethan England. Even more incendiary is Byrd’s setting of Henry Walpole’s Why do I use my paper, ink and pen, a poem commemorating the martyrdom of Edmund Campion which speaks truth to power in a manner similar to these early English ballads, many of which have their origins in far more ancient folk songs, stories and uprisings.
Photo: Nick Rutter
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