Orlando Consort and Perfect Houseplants

St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds (Bury Festival)

St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds (Bury Festival)

The combination of the Orlando Consort performing pieces written in the years 1050 to 1500 with the musical accompaniment of a modern jazz group called Perfect Houseplants might sound quite bizarre.

However this presentation in St Mary's Church did just that, and it created a fascinating blend of two distinct musical styles.

The Consort consisted of three tenors and one counter tenor who, with their often-haunting harmonies, provided a flavour of their large repertoire which included part of a 12th Century Mass.

Somehow the Perfect Houseplants would slip in and out of the Consort's singing with their own jazz compositions.

This crossover project by these two groups brought together the academic research of medieval music and mixed it with the improvisation talents of the jazz musicians.

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The aim of these two groups is to capture the spirit of the original performance.

You certainly come away feeling just that little bit more enriched.