Welcome to the homepage of the Glasgow Viol Consort. We are a society of viol enthusiasts who meet weekly to explore the vast range of music written for groups of viols while further developing our individual viol-playing abilities.
We have been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the leading professionals in the field and have received individual lessons and group coaching sessions from the likes of Alison Crum (The Rose Consort of Viols, teacher of the viol at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), Bill Hunt (Fretwork), Alison McGillivray (Concerto Caledonia, teacher of the viol at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Ali Kinder (Chelys Consort of Viols).
In 2015 The Glasgow Viol Consort established themselves as an unincorporated society to allow members to benefit from a wider range of funding sources and performance opportunities.
This has increased our membership to 14 regular participants and we have recently started working with school-age pupils to encourage viol playing among the under 18's.
Please browse through the website to find out more about the society and get in touch if you'd like to support us or get involved.
Performing at St. Bride's Church during the West End Festival, June 2017
The Renaissance Fantasia
Sun 10th June 2018. St. Bride's Church, Glasgow
"Join the Glasgow Viol Consort for their second annual appearance at the Glasgow West End Festival exploring instrumental works from the 15th/16th centuries. This year, in addition to Pavans, Galliards and In Nomines we will be focussing on the ever-popular Fantasia which was an important form adopted by many major Renaissance composers from all over Europe with its origins in the art of improvisation. Because of this, it seldom follows the textbook rules of composition and we will track its evolution as it developed in the hands of the musical craftsmen of Renaissance Europe."
Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in or observe a 'Try a Viol' session either for fun or as a taster before considering joining the society.
Under 18's: £3
Tea/Coffee and homebaking will be available by donation at the interval to help raise additional funds to support Scotland's first Youth Viol Summer School 2018.