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One of the world's leading early music ensembles, the versatile New London Consort explores a uniquely wide and colourful repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque music presented in carefully planned programmes designed to combine the very best in scholarship and entertainment.

The principal artists, all established soloists in their own right, share a rare unanimity of purpose and style, resulting in the New London Consort's undisputed reputation for artistry, flair and virtuosity.

Their concerts and recordings, while frequently including first modern performances of unpublished, undiscovered or reconstructed masterpieces, also shed unexpected and often controversial new light on more familiar works.

The Consort is a regular visitor to major festivals and concert halls throughout the world. Performances over the past few seasons have included a world tour of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo directed by Jonathan Miller, with performances throughout the UK as well as in The Netherlands, France, Norway, Poland, Spain, Israel, China and Mexico; Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Perth International Arts Festival, Strasbourg Philharmonie, and in Santiago de Compostella; Purcell’s The Indian Queen in Spain and France; Purcell/Eccles’ Don Quixote at the Cité de la Musique in Paris; Handel's Acis & Galatea at the Sage Gateshead, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. In 2009 the Consort completed a European tour of their reconstructed Dido & Aeneas 1700 directed by Jonathan Miller, with performances in major festivals and concert halls in the UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Luxembourg and Austria. Throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013 the Consort performed their acclaimed production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen directed by Mauricio García Lozano in major concert venues and festivals in the UK, Europe and Turkey, with more performances planned in 2014 and 2015 in Hungary, Austria and Mexico. In 2012 and 2013 the Consort performed their new version of Purcell's King Arthur at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham's Town Hall and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Other current and future projects include Weldon/Eccles the Judgement of Paris, Bach Mass in B Minor, Locke/Weldon/Purcell The Tempest, and Purcell Dioclesian/Bonduca on tour in the UK and Europe.

As well as appearing regularly at London's Southbank - where the Consort was resident ensemble between 1996-2005 - the Consort frequently performs at leading British arts festivals and has undertaken five nationwide Early Music Network tours.

Much of the Consort's repertoire has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 (more than 120 programmes including eight concerts at the Proms), and members of the Consort have provided music for many BBC Radio Drama productions.

On television the Consort was featured in the BBC Music in Time series, the BBC2 Music in Camera series and both of the Westminster Abbey Purcell Centenary concerts in 1995.

Major film and TV soundtracks include Channel 4’s Tales from the Decameron, the BBC TV Shakespeare Series, Lady Jane, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, A Man for all Seasons, Hamlet, Dangerous Beauty, Nostradamus and Elizabeth.

The New London Consort has recorded more than 40 CDs for Decca Classics, a series of CDs for Linn Records and a CD of Music for Queen Mary with the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

In May 2010 the New London Consort was appointed Associate Artists of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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