Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Network of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort rapidly achieved a reputation as one of Europe’s most expert and consistently challenging groups performing repertoire from the years 1050 to 1550. The Consort has performed at many of Britain’s top festivals (including the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival) and has in recent years made visits to France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the USA and Canada, South America, Singapore, Japan, Greece, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal and Spain.
The Consort's impressive discography for Saydisc, Metronome, Linn, Deutsche Grammophon and Harmonia Mundi USA includes a collection of music by John Dunstaple and The Call of the Phoenix, which were selected as Early Music CDs of the Year by Gramophone Magazine in 1996 and 2003 respectively; its CDs of music by Compère, Machaut, Ockeghem, Josquin, Popes and Anti-Popes, Saracen and Dove and Passion have also all been shortlisted. Its 2008 release of Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame and Scattered Rhymes, an outstanding new work by the young British composer Tarik O’Regan and featuring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, was shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. This was its second recording in a series for Hyperion exploring the polyphonic songs of Guillaume de Machaut; the first release (Le Voir Dit) was selected by New York Times critics as one of their favourite classical CD releases of 2013.
The Consort’s performances also embrace the spheres of contemporary music and improvisation: to date it has performed over 30 world premières and it has created striking collaborations with the jazz group Perfect Houseplants and, for a project exploring historic Portuguese and Goan music, the brilliant tabla player Kuljit Bhamra.
The Orlando Consort has previously visited the Lake District Summer Music festival in 2005 and 2009.
*See the panel on the right for details of the Consort's event in the 2015 LDSM festival.