Rose ConsortEducation

The members of the Rose Consort are all experienced lecturers, tutors and ensemble coaches. We have given workshops at a number of UK universities, lecture-recitals to the Cheltenham Festival and Higher Education academic conferences, and encouraged primary school children to imagine themselves at the court of Elizabeth I.

For Amateur Viol Players

We can offer:

For amateur viol players:

· consort coaching in Elizabethan and Jacobean music through to Purcell

· coaching in repertory from continental Europe, from the earliest Italian sources c.1480 through to French fantasies and the early baroque canzona

· masterclasses for more advanced players on solo or ensemble repertory

· technique classes on specific aspects of playing viols

· ensemble skills: tuning, listening, playing together

· workshops that include voices, recorders or other renaissance instruments alongside viols

· the opportunity for choirs or solo singers to work with a viol consort

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For Schools and Beginners

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We can offer:

For schools and beginners:

· ‘try the viol’ sessions: an introduction to playing, with hands-on experience for small groups

· illuminating lecture-recitals on the viol and exploring its repertory, tailored appropriately for the age group of the audience

· engaging illustrated talks for schools on music in history: e.g. Music for the Tudors

‘Thank you for the amount of time you gave to the three students we brought to the concert – our school’s beginner viol consort – the students were touched to be entrusted with holding your bows and instruments.’

The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

For Higher Education and academic conferences

We can offer:

For Higher Education and academic conferences:

· specialist lecture-recitals on specific repertories and recent research into historical performance practice on viols

· illustrated lecture on ‘Varieties of Viols’ in which the Rose Consort’s three sets of viols are demonstrated: those copied from Lorenzo Costa’s Bolognese altarpiece (1497), copies of mid-sixteenth century Venetian viols; and those copied from late Elizabethan and Jacobean instruments

· coaching of student viol consorts, and ‘try the viol’ sessions for beginners

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For choirs and vocal ensembles (professional or amateur)

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We can offer:

For choirs and vocal ensembles (professional or amateur):

· the opportunity to work with a viol consort in concerts and recordings


'Thanks to all of the Consort for being so utterly delightful to work with. It was a terrific experience for the choir to work with an ensemble of such high calibre, and to enjoy the exquisite and profoundly intelligent playing.’

Charles Harrison, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Chichester Cathedral

About the Rose Consort of Viols

The Rose Consort of Viols takes its name from the celebrated family of viol makers, whose work spanned the growth and flowering of the English consort repertoire.

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