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  • The Orlando Consort
    preferences of officers or passengers for that matter MV Maybe you can request a female officer We all laugh at the prospect of Matt asking to be patted down by a woman and being arrested for being a pervert All right I admit it s not particularly highbrow but we can t discuss art and politics all the time After a quick hop to Chicago we wander around O Hare airport for a while trying to find something we want for lunch Sometimes too much choice is overwhelming On the plane they show The King s Speech which I very much enjoy despite it being on a tiny screen near the ceiling I ponder that my wife is watching the same film in the cinema back home at more or less the same time so I can tell myself we are watching it together That just makes me homesick though We arrive a bit delayed in a surprisingly cold and rainy San Francisco pick up our bags and collect our hire car Don graciously takes the role of driver not least because he was expecting to be the only one allowed to drive the other three of us having managed to forget the paper counterparts of our driving licences and carefully negotiates the hour and a half drive to Stockton We are staying in a lovely Hilton After dropping our luggage in our rooms checking out the view hanging up crumpled suits etc we have a rehearsal on tomorrow s concert programme until hunger and tiredness render us useless Then we set out in search of food As usual in America walking anywhere is considered lunacy So we are honked at by cars and take our lives into our hands crossing Interstates and settle for a Mexican restaurant having rejected the Mongolian Barbecue option It s not a bad meal though we are all agreed that Mexican food never quite lives up to the craving for Mexican food Our friendly waitress asks Matt for his ID which he has left at the hotel despite the full knowledge that he looks about 12 years old The other three of us are jealous that our ID is not needed Luckily we are able to persuade her that he is 27 by sawing him in half and counting the rings and he is granted a Negro Modelo too Stuffed like fajitas we head back to our hotel and I note that although it feels like the middle of the night it is only 9 30 No option but to call it an early night Sunday Feb 20th That s more like it Awake at 3am and 6am I eventually get up at 7 30 when an intoxicated woman tries unsuccessfully I am pleased to report to get into my room There was a wedding last night at the hotel and it seems she had made a long night of it before forgetting which floor her room was on Normal service has been restored outside The sun is shining and although it is not warm it does immediately resemble California again After a hearty my word for unhealthy breakfast we drive down to the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific for our rehearsal Today s programme is Food Wine and Song which feels a lot more familiar to me We knock it into shape and return to the Green Room There we find as well as some tasty cheese and fruit a local newspaper with an article about our concert in it This is based loosely on an interview Angus gave some days ago by telephone and curiously at this point Angus uses the excuse of going to find a coffee to make himself scarce We read the article and soon discover why Without question this is the most factually inaccurate piece of journalism I have ever read It seems the journalist had a chat with Angus and then just spun the words he had heard into some sort of fantasy So we read that Angus dreams of playing for England as a batsman perhaps he used to Angus is 50 51 and has been in the Consort for 20 years 22 Don is 52 51 I am 39 36 Matthew sang at the wedding of Charles and Diana false in 1989 not even close it was 1981 before Matthew was even born We will get through our survey of Mediaeval and Renaissance music in 90 minutes OK that last one is almost correct But as for the rest you would think the author might have checked his facts I mean if not our ages then at least the date of Charles and Di s wedding And even if that had been in 1989 could he not have worked out that Matt would have been 5 years old at the time Soon enough it is time for the concert It goes quite well the audience seems very receptive and certainly they laugh at our jokes in the introductions to pieces that we give from time to time The laughter is a bit more muted in the more risqué sections of the programme so maybe we have offended a few delicate sensibilities If so nobody mentions it afterwards in the foyer or at the reception that follows It seems like a very friendly Chamber Music organisation and they have been very welcoming we are only the second vocal group they have had apparently It would be wrong not to mention that as usual some people ask Matt what he will do when his voice breaks It seems the countertenor voice is still a novelty act to some We stop off back at the hotel briefly to drop our concert gear and forge out again on foot for supper This time we venture a little further under the Interstate and having rejected the pricey Italian and the chain Italian that smells of synthetic parmesan we plump for the hilariously named Dave Wong

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  • The Orlando Consort
    loved the Machaut Messe de Notre Dame for a very long time and so the whole concert was heaven Chorus Member BREMF Singers Brighton RNCM Manchester 16 th November 2006 I had the immense pleasure of the performance the other week at the RNCM thanks to all concerned for a truly thrilling choral experience The pieces especially Scattered Rhymes interspersed with the Messe and the Hallé Youth Choir chant illuminated Machaut s work which is on first hearing a bit odd with all the dissonance etc and the performance by all artists was perfect So my question is are you going to record this programme It would be a real shame not to and you ve got at least one guaranteed sale Audience Member RNCM Manchester Question I am a member of the Hallé Youth Choir and recently performed Tarik O Regan s Scattered Rhymes with you at the RNCM in Manchester I thought that the music that you sang was the most amazing thing I have ever heard and in particular the last thing you performed I didn t get a programme for the concert and I wondered if you could tell me the name of that piece Ans Brumel Nato canunt omnia How long do you rehearse for to prepare pieces of that standard Member of the Hallé Youth Choir It s been a fascinating journey from beginning to end and I m really pleased that we managed to make it work here Toby Smith Head of Performance and Programming RNCM It was really great that you could come to join us on Sunday for the workshop Thanks so much for taking the time to visit I am sure the kids will have got a lot out of it and it was invaluable to have you there to talk to them in person sing and play them the music James Burton Director Hallé Youth Choir St George s Bristol 3 rd February 2007 Just a quick note to thank you and the Consort for the concert last night Chatting among the members afterwards they felt that it had been a great privilege to have had this opportunity to sing with you all Your relaxed encouraging approach was much appreciated It was also wonderful to be part of such successful fusion of new and old in the programming Both audience and choir were very impressed with the overall effect Alison Grant Secretary Bristol Bach Choir Thank you very much for being so fantastically professional and supportive during the whole project I m very glad that we met your expectations It is very important for the choir to be able to have the opportunity to work with such an excellent group as yours and I think they gained a great deal from it Thanks also for being so relaxed and enthusiastic on the day As things went the work paid off and I think it was if I m allowed as conductor to say so a very dramatic performance indeed

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  • The Orlando Consort
    in tune always beautifully balanced He praises Mark and Matt for the most magnificent articulation of the texts supported by an understanding of the lines gained from their senior colleagues which means Don and Angus It is Angus though who garners the greatest praise the unforgettable track here is Angus Smith performing the Lay de Bon Esperance This and Machaut s other lais must be among the greatest challenges before Wagner for any singer He s terrific Again we understand that to mean Angus and not Wagner and we all very much look forward to hearing Angus Brünnhilde in due course This from The Daily Telegraph Hauntingly and mellifluously sung by the four but sometimes solo voices of the Orlando Consort this music still sounds as flavoursome as it must have done 650 years ago From International Record Review Andrew O Connor remarks that this is an important and rewarding disc that any lover of Medieval music will want to own and praises Yolanda Plumley s excellent booklet essay Audiophile Audition gives the disc five stars and says that b ased on these results the project is off to a fine start with resonant warm sound capturing the four male

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  • The Orlando Consort
    is the meeting between the Portuguese missionaries and the local Indian musicians in Goa in 1510 This unlike other colonial impositions featured a distinctly collaborative engagement rather than forcing the locals to listen and learn the missionaries invited them to contribute to and presumably also to adapt the music that they brought with them Our project was very much in the same spirit though the Orlandos were we hope considerably

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  • The Orlando Consort
    modernity of so called early music Anne Midgette The Washington Post June 29 2008 The rippling vocal invention and vibrant rhythmic pulses of Guillaume de Machaut s thrilling 14th century Notre Dame Mass radiate across the centuries to Tarik O Regan s Scattered Rhymes 2006 in this appealing disc devoted to musical and poetic affinities Steve Winn San Francisco Chronicle we couldn t ask for better interpreters the Orlando Consort and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir have long experience in performing the most challenging music from the most obscure early manuscripts to recently commissioned works of the Machaut Mass the Orlando Consort bring vibrant energy and ear pleasing resonance to this ancient unusual masterpiece I ll end by urging anyone interested in a consistently engaging musically challenging and aesthetically rewarding experience to delay no longer get this disc Classics Today com David Vernier The performances are sublime The Orlando Consort countertenor tenor and baritone sounds even in the numerous extremely difficult passages almost heavenly This is one of the most fascinating CDs of recent times Aart van der Wal www opusklassiek nl This fascinating disc spans the centuries by coupling medieval masterworks with modern works inspired by them The four male voices of the Orlando Consort bring vigour and tonal variety to Machaut s Messe de Notre Dame and its tenor Mark Dobell gives a lilting account of the composer s song Douce dame jolie The Consort s perceptive accounts of Du Fay s Ave Regina celorum and Gavin Bryars s Super flumina complete the picture Matthew Rye Daily Telegraph Even if it wasn t now possible to kit yourself out with a genuine SACD player and some surprisingly effective multichannel headphones for around 150 it would be worth investing in the format just to collect the Harmonia Mundi SACDs produced

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  • The Orlando Consort
    for additional information Medieval Christmas celebrations encompassed several feasts including Circumcision Epiphany The Orlando Consort offers an unusual collection of carols ranging from devotional to boisterous drawn from a 500 year span of secular and liturgical music from England France and the Low Countries As we ve come to expect the singing is first rate vibrant impeccably tuned and with a strong rhythmic vitality supported by ideal sound And although

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  • The Orlando Consort
    Songs the rose of Courtly Love a sharp encounter with a pruning knife and meadows where les high minded folk enjoyed an amorous tumble A cleverly designed programme moves from 13th century French and English motets and chansons to the madrigals of 16th century Italy with artful and acerbic singing A must for any horticulturally minded music lover Anna Picard The Independent This gorgeous package is like a CD sized hardback book full of beautiful medieval paintings and photographs of surviving gardens The performances are of the high standard expected of the Orlando Consort As well as demonstrating the evolution of musical styles over 300 years the programme illustrates the popularity of horticultural metaphor for divine and Earthly not to say earthy love Even settings of risqué lyrics have an elegance that would disarm the most puritanical listener and it s all sung with clarity and grace Altogether a garden of delights Performance five stars Sound five stars Barry Witherden BBC Music Magazine The four man Consort sings with ideal purity their well blended voices weaving in and out of the complex contrapuntal lines In a French chanson about a maid s deflowering they sing with a rhythmic zest you could dance to Performances are first rate At over 76 minutes timing is generous And the packaging is downright opulent The engineering is ideal Voices have body timbres are true and the ensemble singing is transparent Music four stars Sonics four stars Dan Davis The Absolute Sound Probably the first CD to include instructions for designing a neo medieval garden But that s just the iceberg s tip the music matches the ideas in floral imagery and artful design with courtly love lyrics bawdy chansons and Song of Songs settings from composers such as Machaut Gombert and the excellent Anonymous

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  • The Orlando Consort
    performed by the four accomplished singers of the Orlando Consort who convey both the purity of Busnois music and the many surprises lurking within it Dan Davis Amazon com the centrepiece of this carefully designed collection all of it beautifully sung by the all male Orlando Consort is the mass O Crux Lignum Andrew Clements Guardian Unlimited March 2005 The performances are what we have come to expect from the

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