The Comalli Consort, established early 2018, is an up and coming Historical Performance Ensemble focusing on music of the Renaissance Period. Comprised of students from the Royal Academy of Music, the ensemble won the Nancy Nuttall Early Music prize this year, showcasing a programme including their arrangements of consort and madrigal repertoire by english and italian composers. Recent performance highlights have included headlining for the Hampstead Heath based music festival ‘Baroquestock’ and performing an informal lunchtime concert in the beautiful setting of St Martha’s Church, Chilworth, Surrey. Comalli Consort have recently been selected by Wigmore Hall for their learning programme ‘For Crying Out Loud!” and the Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) for their mentoring scheme, ‘Early Music live!’ Future engagements include reaching the final of the ‘New Elizabethan Award’ competition which will take place on 6th July 2018, performing various lunchtime recitals and performing at the Alderney Chamber Music Festival 2019.

English soprano Charlotte La Thrope graduated with first class honours in Music from the University of Durham, majoring in performance and receiving ‘The Most Outstanding Soloist Award’ in her final year. She currently studies with Lillian Watson and Christopher Glynn at the Royal Academy of music and is generously supported by the Derek Butler London Scholarship Prize, the Helen Roll Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. Competition highlights this year have included reaching the semi-final of The London Handel Festival Competition and winning the RAM Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize two years running.

Charlotte performs regularly across the country as a soloist and her operatic roles to date include Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Iris in Semele, Eurydice in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, L'Enfant in Ravel's L'Enfant et Les Sortileges (with Samling Academy) and most recently the Angel in Iford Arts’ production of Handel’s Jephtha in which she was described as ‘a gifted young soprano’ Charlotte Valori - Operissima, ‘Angel stands out from the crowd… the best singing - poised, sweet and true - comes from Charlotte La Thrope as Angel whose last minute intervention saves the day’ Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph and ‘… a young singer to watch out for.’ Andrew Benson-Wilson.

Programme for Thursday 27/9/2018 8pm

Voz femenina
Anon. - La Spagna segundo tono
Anon. - Que me queréis
Anon. - Si la noche haze escura
Anon. - Al Alva venid
Anon. - Las mis penas
Anon. - La Spagna quarto tono

For the Virgin Queen
John DOWLAND - Time Stands Still
John DOWLAND- Queen Elizabeth her Galliard
John DOWLAND - Come Heavy Sleepe
Feminine Portraits in the Continent
Johannes GHISELIN - La Alfonsina
Josquin DES PREZ - Nimphes, Nappes
Josquin DES PREZ - La Bernadina

The Male Voice
John DOWLAND - Behold a Wonder Here
John DOWLAND - Me, me and none but me
Trad. - Lord Rendall

Charlotte La Thrope - Soprano
Louise Ayrton - Violin
Sergio Bucheli - Lute
Alice Trocellier - Viol



Listen to the Comalli Consort: recorded live at concert