The Attaignant Consort. Photo by Ola Renska Left to right; Joao Santos, Giuditta Isoldi, Amanda Markwick, and Kate Clark.
The Attaignant Consort. Left to right; Joao Santos, Giuditta Isoldi, Amanda Markwick, and Kate Clark. (Photo by Ola Renska)

The ATTAIGNANT CONSORT was co-founded in 1998 by Kate Clark, Frédérique Chauvet, Marion Moonen and Marcello Gatti. All former students of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, they were drawn together by a fascination with the renaissance flute, and collaborated over many years with the Italian flute-maker Giovanni Tardino, exploring the sound world of this, until recently, little-known instrument. The group has continued to evolve by drawing on new generations of players dedicated to this remarkable instrument, including Mathieu Langlois, Amanda Markwick, Joao Santos and Giuditta Isoldi. The work of the ensemble has been greatly enriched by collaborations with lutenists Nigel North, Joachim Held and Christoph Sommer, and harpists Maria Galassi and Marta Graziolino.

The Attaignant consort produced a 3 CD set documenting the history and repertoire of the renaissance transverse flute, winning critical acclaim and being awarded a Diapason D’or in 2013. Each of the musicians in the Attaignant Consort has a multi-facetted musical career independent of the Consort: above all performers, their combined portfolios comprise outstanding achievements in the fields of teaching, ensemble direction, editing, writing and musicology. They come together for performances as the Attaignant Consort, sharing a deep love of the poetry and music of the Renaissance and early baroque. The Attaignant Consort works from facsimile editions of original part-books rather than scores, and performs as often as possible from memory, mindful of the aural tradition of learning in which many sixteenth-century instrumentalists were educated.


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Kate Clark

Born in Sydney, Kate Clark graduated from the University of Sydney on modern and baroque flutes in 1985. In the same year she was a finalist in the Australian National Flute Competition and guest principal flute with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

From 1986-1990 she studied baroque and classical flutes with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague gaining her Soloist’s Diploma “cum laude”, and from 1990-1992 renaissance flute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland under the guidance of Anne Smith. In 1993 she won the first prize in the Brugge International Early Music Competition.

Since 1988 Kate Clark has performed and recorded throughout Europe as a soloist and with chamber ensembles (Musica Ad Rhenum, Amphion Ensemble, Cantus Cölln), and orchestras (Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Deutsche Händel-Solisten, Rheinische Kantorei, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel). As principle flautist with Les Musiciens du Louvre from 1994-2006 she toured extensively through Europe and the United States. She makes regular appearances in Australia as soloist with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, or as artist in residence at the University of Western Australia.

Kate Clark gives lectures and courses in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Israel and Australia and teaches historical flutes at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. She lives in Amsterdam with her partner and their two sons.

Concerts and Projects

Date Artist City Venue Country
07/10/18 Giuditta Isoldi Amsterdam Buurtsalon Jeltje Germany
Time: 15:00. Address: Eerste Helmersstraat 106-N. Canto de’ Bardi: Victoria Cassano soprano / Giuditta Isoldi renaissance flute / Earl Christy lute Alle corti d’Europa: Muziek van o.a. Tromboncino, Cara, Dowland, Verdelot, Arcadelt Entrance € 10,- (incl. programma & koffie/thee) exclusively upon reservation – e-mail: [email protected] tel 020 6124513
20/10/18 - 21/10/18 Amanda Markwick Berlin Dominkanerkloster St. Paulus Germany
Address: Oldenburger Straße 46. Amanda Markwick will lead a workshop for renaissance flute consort, studying Pierre Attaingnant’s Vingt et sept chansons musicales a quatre parties (1533). Saturday and Sunday 09:00-17:00.
24/11/18 Kate Clark Antwerp Museum Vleeshuis Belgium
Time: 12:30. Address: Vleeshouwersstraat 38. Kate Clark will give a renaissance flute masterclass as part of the festival “Antwerp Barok 2018.” Sign-up from October 1, 2018 ([email protected]). More information coming soon!
24/11/18 The Attaignant Consort Antwerp Museum Vleeshuis Belgium
Time: 17:00. Address: Vleeshouwersstraat 38. Kate Clark and Christoph Sommer will play a concert for renaissance flute and lute, with music by Palestrina, Dowland, Josquin, Sweelinck, and others.
07/12/18 The Attaignant Consort Amsterdam Orgelpark Netherlands
Time: 13:10. Address: Gerard Brandtstraat 26. The Attaignant Consort with Christoph Sommer, lute, and Nicholas Parle, organ

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Date Artist City Venue Country
27/08/17 The Attaignant Consort Utrecht TivoliVredenburg Netherlands
Time: 11:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: +31(0)30 23 29 010. Address: Vredenburgkade 11. Venue phone: +31(0)30 23 29 000. Cantus: Kate Clark/ Altus: Amanda Markwick / Tenor: Joao Santos / Bassus: Giuditta Isoldi /Lute: Christoph Sommer ————- Utrecht Early Music Festival Normaal € 22,00 | Vriend € 19,00 | Student / CJP € 10,00

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