All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, CORONACH.

ased in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, the enterprising group of instrumentalists have specialised for over 17 years in performances of the courtly and popular music of Renaissance Scotland on a wide range of early wind, stringed and keyboard instruments and more recently a concort of voices.

The Music is researched and edited for the group by its director James Ross, who has also written a comprehensive and copiously illustrated book on music in renaissance Scotland, 'Musick Fyne, Robert Carver and the Art of Music in Renaissance Scotland' (The Mercat Press, Edinburgh 1993). CORONACH now present a season of around twenty concerts a year, bringing this fascinating repertoire to a wider audience through a series of commercial recordings issued on their own CMF label.

ORONACH always strive to breathe life into the music they perform, and their performance style draws equally upon the living traditions of Highland music-making and scholarly research into Renaissance performance practice.

Periodically they combine forces with the choral group 'Musick Fyne' for performances of the larger-scale works of the Renaissance, and they also co-operate with the drama ensemble 'The Kings Players', most memorably in a series of presentations of the Renaissance Scots drama 'Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis', now released on a commercial video on the Scotseen label (KK04).

A further dramatic presentation, depicting the life of Mary, Queen of Scots in her own words and those of her contemporaries, gave rise to their CD, Remember me my deir.

  "What a rare jewel the North of Scotland possesses in James Ross's early music group, Coronach."
-- The Highland News"

Performances are folk influenced, lively and committed...Recommended"
-- John Purser : Scotland's Music
"CORONACH are all talented players - a happy blend of amateur and professional - and the music was performed with outstanding ability, musicality and style. So captivating was this delightful programme and so polished the performances that I have rarely known two hours slip by so joyfully."
-- The Press and Journal

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