The Marian Consort Podcast

The Marian Consort

A podcast exploring old music and new music. The Marian Consort is a Gramophone Award-nominated vocal ensemble, recognised for its innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. Led by founder and director, Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort performs across the UK, Europe and North America, and features regularly on BBC Radio 3.

All Episodes

Rory McCleery speaks to Peter H. Wilson, Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, and author of 'The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy'. They discuss the origins of the war, and its impact on life, culture, and Heinrich Schütz, who wrote his Kleine geistliche Konzerte during this time of war, famine, and plague. This episode accompanies Schütz 2: A lump of earth, which you can watch here: Produced by James Hardie

Apr 28

29 min 46 sec

This podcast looks at Heinrich Schütz's Musikalische Exequien, funeral music written for Heinrich 'Posthumous' of Reuss. Rory McCleery is joined by Dr Lesel Dawson (Bristol University/Good Grief Festival) to discuss 17th-century ideas about death and mourning, and what psychological as well as spiritual benefit there might be to planning your own funeral. The Orbis sensualium pictus can be seen here: This episode accompanies Schütz 1: Vale of tears, which you can watch here: Produced by James Hardie

Apr 1

39 min 1 sec

This podcast looks at the story of Vicente Lusitano, possibly the first Black composer to have music published. Rory is joined by Dr Bonnie Blackburn to investigate his story, Josquin-mania, and bootlegged motets. @marianconsort Produced by James Hardie

Dec 2020

26 min 11 sec

This podcast examines the cult of the Virgin Mary, and its manifestation in music. Rory is joined by Dame Marina Warner, and singers Lucy Cox and Sarah Anne Champion to talk about eroticism, tune smuggling, and convent composers. This episode accompanies CULT, a digital production from The Marian Consort. @marianconsort Produced by James Hardie Supported by Arts Council England

Aug 2020

47 min 55 sec

Rory introduces James Hardie, our General Manager, and discusses The Marian Consort's brand new digital season, and the trials of making music in the wake of Covid-19. @marianconsort Produced by James Hardie

Jul 2020

30 min 54 sec

It’s time to talk about Jean Maillard, Renaissance Man of Mystery. Little beyond Maillard’s sublime music exists. Was he banished from France? Was he killed in a massacre? In this episode, Rory delves deep into the theories, and is also joined by Professor John Bryan of Huddersfield University, who gives a fascinating account of how music travelled across Europe back then: shipwrecks, travelling servants, and all. @marianconsort Produced by James Hardie

Jun 2020

38 min 15 sec

Whilst the people prayed for the return of a dead King, composers wrote their most heart-wrenching works lamenting loss of political power. Join us for this podcast looking at the music of Renaissance Portugal. Rory also talks to Charlotte Ashley (soprano) about the emotional toll of performing such powerful works of art. Featuring tracks from Pater Peccavi by The Marian Consort (CD Spotify Apple Music @marianconsort Produced by James Hardie

Apr 2020

24 min 42 sec

Join us as we delve a little deeper into the world of clandestine Catholic celebrations of the Elizabethan era. Rory also talks about his favourite moments on the album, what goes into making a recording, and our future plans. Singing in Secret is released on Friday 27 March 2020. CD: Spotify: Apple Music: Featuring Rory McCleery Produced by James Hardie

Mar 2020

21 min 4 sec