The Cardinall’s Musick has enjoyed great success in the concert hall. Regularly selling out and receiving rave reviews, we present music not only first class performances but entertaining ones as well. For us, early music belongs to the present and not the past, and we try always to ensure that commitment, energy and understanding are always at the forefront of our work.
Our concerts can be informal and relaxed with a witty narrative between various items, or they can be more mysterious, using candlelight and readings. Then again, the spoken word may not be appropriate when performing a mass by Byrd or Palestrina, when the subtle use of Gregorian chant can be more telling. But if you have a serious first half, you may want something more relaxed in the second. All of this is possible.
Often our research for programmes is undertaken with specific anniversaries in mind as in 2003 and 2005 when our celebratory programmes for Queen Elizabeth I and the Gunpowder Plot were performed in many venues around the country. We have large-scale reconstructions, like The Field of the Cloth of Gold, and intimate recitals. We realise that promoters and festival directors have their own needs and requirements, and we try always to bear those in mind: repertoire requests or programmes which amplify your themes are always considered.