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Queen's Viol Consort

Queen’s Viol Consort was formed about 30 years ago. The current members consist of two staff (Prof. Ian Woodfield and Prof. Yo Tomita), two senior players from Northern Ireland and two from Dublin. Students, lecturers, and the general public are invited to join. In the last few years the Queen’s Viol Consort has had one public engagement per year. Our repertoire focuses around early Baroque, but we tend to rely on the numbers who have a strong desire to play their latest acquisitions.



‌Here is a 15-second audio clip of our playing (recorded by Saul Rayson to whom we are very grateful).

Please note: Individual coaching will be offered to beginners.


  • Mondays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (small consort session); 
  • Saturday (once a month), 2:30pm – 6pm (large consort session)

Venue: Harty Room

Auditions: Held throughout the year by appointment

Contact: Professor Yo Tomita

Some selected repertiore


  • William Byrd: Fantasias
  • Heinrich Isaac: Der Hund
  • Orlando Gibbons: Fantasias
  • Henry Purcell: Fantasias


  • John Jenkins: Fantasias
  • W Byrd: Fantasias;
    Prelude and Voluntary; Hymn settings
  • Josquin des Pres: excerpts from Masses
  • Alfonso Ferrabosco II: Fantasias
  • H Purcell: Fantasias
  • H Isaac: Marian motets


  • A Ferrabosco II: Pavans
  • J Jenkins: Fantasias
  • John Dowland: Lachrimae Pavans
  • John Ward: Fantasias
  • John Coprario: Fantasias
  • W Byrd: Fantasia; The Leaves be Greene;
    Prelude and Ground: In Nomines
  • William White: Fantasia “Diapente”
  • O Gibbons: In Nomines
  • Josquin: Mass excerpts



  • O Gibbons: Fantasias;
    Pavan and Galliard: Go from my window go
  • W Byrd: Fantasias; Pavan and Galliard
  • J Coprario: Fantasias
  • J Ward: Fantasias
  • Thomas Weelkes: Fantasias
  • Orlando di Lassus: Musica, Dei donum optimi Josquin: Mass excerpts


a7 (very rarely)

  • H Purcell: In Nomine
  • Robert Parsons: In Nomines


The members who meet regularly are: Ian Woodfield (guru), Marion Donerty, Marian Mullen, Robert Frost, Graham Nelson and Yo Tomita (caretaker).  We welcome visiting players.  If you would like to join us, please email me.

We are also happy to perform for any events and students' recording projects. If you are interested, please contact me.