Josquin des Prez

Hayne van Ghizeghem/Alexander Agricola

Giles Binchois/Alexander Agricola

Johannes Ghiselin

Diego Ortiz


Francesco da Milano

Giovanni Palestrina/Francesco Rognoni

Orlando Lassus

Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde

Alessandro Striggio/Giovanni Terzi

Alessandro Picinini


Cipriano da Rore/Ricardo Rognoni


La Bernardina

De tous biens playne

Comme femme desconfortee


La Spagna
O felici occhi miei

Fantasia for lute solo

Sound out my voice

Susanne un jour

Susanna passagiata a basso solo

Anchor ch’io possa dire


Aria sopra la Romanesca

Aria sopra la Romanesca

Liam Byrne spends most of his time playing either very old or very new music on the viol. He has been praised in The Times for his “nuanced and expressive, stylish virtuosity” and by The Guardian for his “glittering performance”. With the deeply held belief that baroque music can be vibrant and expressive on its own terms, Liam’s solo work often explores lesser known corners of 16th and 17th century repertoire. The same interpretative curiosity has led him to work increasingly with living composers, and he has had new solo works written for him by Edmund Finnis, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson and others.

As a chamber musician, Liam has performed and recorded with many leading Early Music ensembles. For several years he was a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, with whom he toured internationally and played an active role in commissioning new works. Other chamber music activities include performances and recordings with the Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée, i Fagiolini, Concerto Caledonia, and the viol consorts Phantasm and Concordia.

Beyond the realm of classical music, Liam has made new work with a wide variety of artists, including Damon Albarn, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Martin Parker, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Nils Frahm and The Hidden Cameras. He plays viol in a new folk band called The Beguilers, and many of his performances combine old and new music.

Liam took his BMus and Performer’s Diploma in viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie at Indiana University and holds an MPhil in Musicology and Performance from Magdalen College Oxford, where he studied viol with Laurence Dreyfus and counterpoint and early notation with Margaret Bent. Liam is professor of viola da gamba at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also teaches Medieval and Renaissance Performance Practice and leads a viol consort.


Arngeir Hauksson was born in Iceland but came to London for his postgraduate studies on the Guitar and the Lute in Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Arngeir now specializes in authentic plucked instruments from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the Gittern, Lute, Guitar, Cittern, Theorbo, Oud and Saz and he teaches and plays their modern counterparts; Classical, Folk and Electric Guitars. If the music gets louder he is known to play the Percussion and turn the handle of the Hurdy-Gurdy.

Arngeir performs with some of the main English groups and Operas such as The Sixteen, The Dufay Collective, Ex Cathedra, Glyndebourne, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North as well as recording and performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He is a principal player in The Shakespeare's Globe theatre and he regularly performs in The Historic Royal Palaces, Hampton Court and Tower of London.

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