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"Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet" - Stephen Pettitt, The London Evening Standard.Fretwork has been around for getting on for 40 years, performing music old and new, and look forward to a challenging and exciting future as the world's leading consort of viols.

They have expanded their repertory to include music from over 500 years, from the first printed consort music in Venice in 1501 to music written this year.  And, in between, everything that can be played on a consort of viols - Byrd & Schubert, Purcell & Shostakovitch, Gibbons & Britten, Dowland & Grieg.

While they used to fly all over the globe, they have now committed to reducing their carbon footprint by travelling in Europe only by train or electric cars - recently, they have toured Germany, France, Spain, Austria & Slovenia in their two Teslas.

The future sees many exciting projects based on the thrilling juxtaposition of old and new; making the experience of old music new and bringing the sensibilities of past ages to bear on contemporary music.

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