All the passion, emotion, eroticism and melancholy contained within the madrigal texts and so vividly realised in Monteverdi’s music was conveyed with utter sincerity and conviction.
— Monteverdi Book IV, 7/4/16

Turton Consort

The Turton Consort is a professional vocal ensemble founded by Joseph Judge, and originally formed of singers who studied in Manchester. Since 2013, members of the consort have performed a variety of solo and ensemble recitals at Turton Tower, a Grade I listed Tudor manor house in Lancashire, from which the consort takes its name, and other locations around the North West. The consort is used to performing to the highest calibre, equally accomplished in repertoire from the Medieval and Renaissance periods right through to Modern and Contemporary works.

Recent engagements have included performing at the launch of the Whittingham Lives project at UCLan, Preston (, and opening the Raimondi exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The consort regularly sing live on Radio 4 for the BBC Daily Service. Future plans include a collaboration with The Vine Quartet, featuring Tavener The Bridegroom and music by Bach.

If you wish to book the consort for a recital, then please email me.

Future Engagements


BBC Daily Service
BBC R4 LW - iPlayer
Hope for the Future: Hadley - My Beloved Spake

A New Heaven and a New Earth: Bainton

Sopranos - Charlotte Trepess, Leonie Maxwell
Altos - Isla MacEwan, Joseph Judge
Tenor - Christopher Littlewood, Ranald McCusker
Bass - 
Robert BrooksJames Berry

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Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (and other selected works)
Holy Week Concert Series
St Ann's Church, Manchester

Sopranos - Leonie Maxwell, Aimee Presswood
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenors - Rob Shorter, Ranald McCusker
Bass - James Berry

Whittingham Lives - Launch Event
53 Degrees, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Gesualdo, Bach, Ivor Gurney

Sopranos - Leonie Maxwell, Charlotte Mason
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenors - Philip O'Connor, Ranald McCusker
Bass - James Berry

Carols at the Tower
Turton Tower, Lancashire

Soprano - Leonie Maxwell
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenor - Alex Banfield
Bass - Stuart Orme

Music for Liturgy and Devotion in Italy around 1600
Cosmo Rodewald Hall, University of Manchester
Giovanelli, Victoria, Palestrina, Lassus, Monteverdi/Coppini

Sopranos - Aimee Presswood, Leonie Maxwell
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenor - Rob Shorter
Bass - James Berry

Marcantonio Raimondi Exhibition Opening
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Bruhier, Isaac, Verdelot, Josquin, de Morales

Sopranos - Aimee Presswood, Leonie Maxwell
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenor - Ranald McCusker
Bass - Robert Brooks

A Poet's Love
Schumann Dichterliebe and Quilter Shakespeare Songs

Turton Tower, Lancashire

Joseph Judge - Countertenor
Robert Brooks - Baritone

Monteverdi: Il quarto libro de madrigali (1603)
St Ann's Church, Manchester

Sopranos - Leonie Maxwell, Aimee Presswood
Countertenor - Joseph Judge
Tenor - Alex Banfield
Bass - Robert Brooks