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Commemorating 27th August 1521 – Josquin 500 weekend

Trailer for Pie memorie concert with the Binchois Consort

This Friday, 27th August at 6.45pm, we launch the online concert series in our Josquin 500 festival with ‘Pie Memorie’ our Valediction to Josquin in Voices and Viols. In this tribute to the dead composer we imagine Josquin’s friends, colleagues and admirers coming together to pay their funeral respects with viols and voices, perhaps in a canon’s house in his church of Condé sur Escaut, in songs and motets of lamentation and – finally – with Richafort’s profoundly moving Requiem, speeding his soul on to its salvation.

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Josquin died on 27th August 1521 in Condé-sur-l’Escaut and left an endowment for the performance of his late motet, Pater noster at all general processions in the town when they passed in front of his house, stopping to place a wafer on the marketplace altar to the Holy Virgin. Pater noster may have been his last work. Our concert with the Binchois Consort features this wonderful piece of music at the end of the first half.

Notre-Dame Condé-sur-l’Escaut

To view the complete concert programmme visit the link here:

Binchois Consort and Linarol Consort in Leominster Priory 20th August 2021

Our Josquin weekend festivities continue with the online premiere of our concert of Josquin’s secular music with Héloïse Bernard on Saturday at 8pm. Please click on the button below if you would like to buy a festival pass which will give you access to all 4 concerts in our series. All our concerts will be available to watch until 31st October 2021. What is a Festival Pass?

Our first Josquin 500 Festival post!

Welcome to our first post about the Linarol Consort‘s Josquin 500 Festival. Last year we had the idea to put on a musical celebration of the great Josquin des Prez – Master of the Notes, in 2021 what with it being 500 years since his death on 27th August. The dark days of January and February were spent applying to the Continuo Foundation for a grant to make it possible, and in March we were excited to hear we had been successful.

Josquin des Prez portrait print

Over the last couple of months we have been busy organising concerts, workshops and talks, alongside creating a dedicated Josquin 500 website to help navigate events and ticket sales. We hope the website is clear and it is easy to find your way around. Please contact us at if you need any help or you have useful suggestions!

Linarol Consort Josquin 500 Festival lineup photograph
Featured musicians in the Josquin 500 Festival

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