Richard Jones

renaissance viols



Sometimes the simplest  solution is a revelation...


I make early renaissance viols (C. 1540) to play early renaissance music. Players of the viol have come to accept there are uncomfortable compromises to the music if they play Bach, Purcell, Gibbons and Byrd on the same type of viol, and so they have acquired appropriate models. With a properly set-up Renaissance Viol it is possible to extend this approach to the earlier repertoire of Senfl, Verdelot, Ortiz and their contemporaries.


My viols, based on the Francesco Linarol, now in the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, breathe new life into this exquisite music. They have a plangent and incisive sound, which allows each line of a consort piece to emerge clearly, whilst the overall sonority is warm and resonant. This velvet quality is especially marked when used as a large set with tenor in A, two basses in D and a great bass in A, though they also make clear solo instruments and sound well in mixed consorts. I am pleased to offer this simple solution to players of the viol.


Richard Jones




  Occhi miei lassi (1536) Jacques Arcadelt -

   RJ renaissance viols -

   tenor in a, two basses in D, large Bass in A


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                     tenor viol in a


Ian Harwood with Richard Jones Viol Number 008  Royal College of Music 2001


August  4th 2011 - Very sad this week to hear of the death of IAN HARWOOD. It was his article in Early Music in 1974 on Renaissance Viols that was so much part of what inspired me to make instruments the way I do. Vale in Pace.