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The Consort of Musicke is a British early music group, founded in 1969 by lutenist Anthony Rooley, the ensemble's Artistic Director. Members of the group have included such well-known artists as sopranos Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb, alto Mary Nichols, tenors Paul Agnew, Andrew King and Joseph Cornwell, and bass Simon Grant.

The Consort has gone through several major phases in its long life, reflecting the range of passions of Anthony Rooley. The line-up of performers has likewise changed over the years, and expands to encompass particular projects. Core singers since 2004; Evelyn Tubb soprano, Lucy Ballard alto, Andrew King tenor, Simon Grant bass.

The group has made more than 120 recordings that reflect the exploration of music of earlier times, though many of the earlier recordings only exist on vinyl. The Consort’s recent CD recordings include the pre-Raphaelite madrigals of Robert Lucas Pearsall, and the motets of the Dutch composer Verrijt, which received enthusiastic responses from the Dutch critics.

Current repertoire includes a theatrical programme of mad songs; an exploration of English Biblical Narratives of the 17th Century; and a programme which weaves the music of John Dowland with that of his contemporaries, reflecting the close-knit musical community of in his day.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Il Sesto Libro de Madrigali (1614) Claudio Monteverdi, The Consort of Musicke & Anthony Rooley 1
1991 Quinto libro dei madrigali Carlo Gesualdo; The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley 1
1991 Scarlatti, Lotti: Madrigali (The Consort of Musicke feat. conductor: Anthony Rooley) The Consort of Musicke 1
1991 There were three Ravens (songs, rounds and catches by Thomas Ravenscroft) The Consort of Musicke 1
1991 Third Booke of Songs John Dowland; Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke 1
1992 A Pilgrimes Solace / Mr. Henry Noell Lamentations / Psalmes & Sacred Songs John Dowland; Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke 1
1993 Madrigali erotici e spirituali Claudio Monteverdi; The Consort of Musicke 1
1995 Lamento d'Arianna Monteverdi, Bonini, Costa, Verso; Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke 1
1997 John Dowland : The Collected Works The Consort of Musicke 1
1999 Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi Claudio Monteverdi; The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley 1

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