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Amaryllis Consort | Vocal Ensemble

The Amaryllis Consort was founded by the distinguished counter-tenor and director Charles Brett. Now under the directorship of his son Francis Brett, the vocal ensemble consists of established soloists who have a particular affinity for the subtleties of ensemble singing with its special demands on technique and musicianship. Since its London début in 1983 the Consort has appeared throughout the UK and many European countries including France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal. It has also toured Mexico and Central America several times. Through its concert work, broadcasts and recordings it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading vocal ensembles.

Whilst the madrigal and music of the Renaissance both sacred and secular remain the Consort's speciality, programmes have seen an increasing flexibility in terms of repertoire. The odes and anthems of Purcell, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel St John Passion, Mozart Salzburg Masses, Bach motets and the church music of Brahms and Poulenc have all featured. Among the Consort's recordings, 'Italian Madrigals' has been described by Gramophone magazine as 'the best comprehensive survey of the Italian madrigal on the market'. Its anthology of English madrigals has been highly acclaimed and its recording of J. C. Demantius received the 'Evénement du mois' award from CD Magazine. This year the Consort celebrates its 30th anniversary with an invitation concert in the 14th century refectory, College Hall, Westminster School.

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