Orlando Consort

Saturday 7 July, 7.30pm


Orlando Consort

The Anonymous Monk

The exciting space and fine acoustic of Alwinton’s church is an ideal setting for this concert of medieval music from the 13th century. The Orlando Consort is one of the world’s leading ensembles renowned for its authoritative performances of music of this period, music that still sounds fresh and new to our ears. But they also have a strong reputation in commissioning and performing new music, which is how I first met them in 2001.

This concert traces the journey of a medieval monk known as Anonymous IV as he travels through Britain to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris where he immerses himself in the great polyphonic tradition led by Perotinus, whose magnificent motet Viderunt omnes is included in the concert.

Music of this period is both seductive in its polyphony and catchy in its virtuosity, recreating a lost world that feeds our fascination for history as well as our awareness of art and culture of that period. In the concert, four-part polyphonic pieces alternate with medieval plainsong. This will be sung by local singers who will have worked with the Orlando Consort in an afternoon workshop.
John Casken, Artistic Director.

Matthew Venner countertenor
Angus Smith tenor
Mark Dobell tenor
Donald Greig baritone

Plainsong Workshop - Led by the Orlando Consort

Saturday 7 July, 2.00 – 3.30pm
In Alwinton Church Admission £15


Singing Plainsong

This workshop offers local and other amateur singers a rare and exciting opportunity to work and perform with one of the leading ensembles in the field of plainsong.

Intended for singers with some choral experience (though not necessarily in plainsong), the idea is that those attending the workshop will perform the workshop material as part of the evening concert.

The workshop costs £15. This charge covers attendance at the workshop and the evening concert, so there is no need to buy a concert ticket as well. Due to restricted space in the performance area, the number of workshop places is strictly limited to 30.

If you have any queries, please telephone Graham Stacy 01669 640382.

Tickets must be booked online