The Arcadian Consort

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk



Kirtling Towers Gardens Open Day - July 2009

The Arcadian Consort came together in Bury St. Edmunds in 2008, in order to explore the vast range of music available for recorder consorts and to demonstrate what a delightful sound a quality consort of recorder players can produce.

There are five players in the regular consort: Marilyn Catlow, Alastair Cunninghame, Mike Feinson, Richard Selby and Alan Young. Each of the players has to be able to play the four main instruments (descant, treble, tenor and bass recorder), and has to be both a competent sight-reader and a fluent player. The players take turns to play the top line in a piece, so that each player has an opportunity to lead.

The Arcadian Consort plays music from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Much of it is dance music from down the centuries, some of it quite complex and challenging, but the group also plays fantasias and sonatas for various combinations of instruments.

Although all the players are amateur they are used to playing at a high level, and all have given recitals or have taken part in public performances.