Orlando Consort

Biography

Active: 1988 - ; England
Four young English singers were invited to tour Great Britain in 1988 by the Early Music Network. The group that resulted, the Orlando Consort, has become one of the most accomplished of its type, performing an extremely broad repertoire of vocal music largely from, but not limited to, the twelfth to fifteenth centuries.

The four singers were not only chosen for their individual vocal talents (each a recognized soloist) and for their
Read more experience in early music ensembles (including the Tallis Scholars and both the Gabrieli and Taverner Consorts), but in particular for their intellectual command of their repertoire. The group has shown a particular concern for accurate performance practice, especially in their willingness to tackle issues such as improvisation and tuning. Such expertise has led to projects with scholars such as Gregorian chant scholar Richard Crocker and early English vocal expert Roger Wibberley, among many others; the group also received the Noah Greenberg Award of the American Musicological Society in 1996 for a collaborative project with Jeanice Brooks and Daniel Leech-Wilkinson.

In addition to frequent performances at international festivals, the group has pursued an active recording schedule. Their remarkable discography has averaged one release for each year since their inception. Notable areas include early English music (John Dunstable and the recently discovered Worcester fragments), the Franco-Flemish school of composers (including Johannes Ockeghem and Josquin Desprez but also the obscure Loyset Compère), and Notre Dame polyphony (Léonin and Pérotin). Their recording John Dunstaple won the Early Music award from Gramophone magazine in 1996; Loyset Compère, Popes and Antipopes, and Worcester Fragments have also received nominations.

Countertenor Robert Harre-Jones, tenors Angus Smith and Charles Daniels, and baritone Donald Greig have also pursued crossover projects, most notably their work with the jazz group Perfect Houseplants (Extempore) and for their planned medieval/modern War Requiem with actor Robert Hardy. Read less
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  • 1.
    Loyset Compere / Orlando Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68069 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Loyset Compère
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Machaut: The Dart of Love / Orlando Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68008 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut,  Denis Le Grant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Machaut: Songs From Le Voir Dit / Orlando Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67727 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Busnois: Missa O Crux Lignum / Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1957333 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Busnois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Medieval Christmas / Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2927418 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacobus Clemens non Papa,  Anonymous,  Loyset Compère,  Guillaume Dufay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Philippe De Vitry And The Ars Nova - Motets / Orlando Consort
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe De Vitry,  Anonymous
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Worcester Fragments - English Sacred Music / Orlando Consort
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Performer:  Angus Smith,  Charles Daniels,  Robert Harre-Jones,  Donald Greig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    O'Regan: Scattered Rhymes / Hillier, Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807469 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarik O'Regan,  Guillaume de Machaut,  Guillaume Dufay,  Gavin Bryars
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    The Rose, The Lily & The Whortleberry / Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907398 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut,  Anonymous,  Trebor,  Walter Frye  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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  • 10.
    Century Vol 7 - Ars Subtilior
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908169 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Antoine Busnois,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Guillaume Dufay  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Robert Harre-Jones,  Donald Greig,  Stephan Van Dyck  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Pérès,  Paul van Nevel,  Crawford Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  Ensemble Organum,  Huelgas Ensemble  ... 
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    Raphael - The Music Of The Courtier
    Label: Metronome   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  I Fagiolini,  Concordia
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    Josquin Desprez: Motets / Orlando Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 5014990 Release Date: 06/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Performer:  Robert MacDonald,  Andrew Carwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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    Extempore Ii / Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907319 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hue Warren,  Angus Smith,  Donald Greig,  Mark Lockheart  ... 
    Performer:  Angus Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  Perfect Houseplants
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    Extempore / Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  Perfect Houseplants
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    Popes & Antipopes - Music For The Courts Of Avignon & Rome
    Label: Metronome   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonius de Civitate,  Johannes Tapissier,  Gilet Velut,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Greig,  Angus Smith,  Charles Daniels,  Robert Harre-Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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