Towers Gardens Open Day - July 2009
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.
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.
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
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.