Rose of six-string viol

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Polyphonic and full of melancholy, the rich sonority and overlapping textures of William Byrd's viol consort music transport us back to the Elizabethan Age and beyond. Byrd's remarkable contribution to the genre includes lighter pieces which delight with their sweetness and tenderness. The beautiful programme from this outstanding group also includes works by Thomas Weelkes who - like Byrd - died in 1623: 

Pavan & Galliard
Fantasy in 6 parts

Three Fantasies in 3 -parts
Fantasy in four parts
Five part Pavan

2 In Nomines in 5 parts
In Nomine in 5 parts (Weelkes)

Prelude & Ground 
Fantasy: two parts in one the fourth above 

Fantasy in six parts (Weelkes)
Fantasy in six parts

The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes.

Venue: Temple Church
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"The finest viol consort on the planet"

London Evening Standard

"An ensemble of supreme musicianship"

Gramophone Magazine


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