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The Madrigirls

The Madrigirls are on sabbatical for the foreseeable future.
​You can still contact Heloise here and buy CDs here.

About us

The Madrigirls are Alexandra Brown, Heloise Pilkington and Kate Tomlin, an a cappella trio who sing 16th and 17th Century madrigals. Madrigals are romantic songs written in several parts which originated in 14th century Italy.

The Madrigirls are vibrant performers who boldly communicate the timeless themes of these songs. The purity of their voices, striking costumes and dramatic interpretations make for a vivid and engaging performance.

The Madrigirls are Alexandra Brown, Heloise Pilkington and Kate Tomlin. Sexy, humorous and irreverently theatrical, they bring the beauty and passion of these songs alive.

The Madrigirls are here to tell you that madrigals are happening now.  Part cabaret, part troubadour, part girl band glamour, their powerful and engaging act has led them to perform at a wide variety of venues and events, including Leighton House, Tate Britain and The Wallace Collection.

They have put on beautiful concerts in historic churches such as Southwark Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields, stunned clubbers at alternative venues, entertained at corporate events and helped recreate an authentic atmosphere at Renaissance banquets.  They are also invited to perform at festivals all over the country and are regulars at The Guardian Hay Festival and Port Eliot lit fest, as well as enjoying sell out runs in The Edinburgh Festival.

The Madrigirls do for Madrigals what Liza Minnelli did for Cabaret.
The Guardian - Hay Festival

​A riveting revival of a classic tradition.
Three Weeks - Edinburgh

The Madrigirls look and sound like a vision of Heaven.
Dr David Starkey

Many opera companies would envy the way the three voices blend - it's a long time since I heard a Figaro in which the Countess, Cherubino and Susanna came together to produce so sweet a sound.
Oxford Times

Their harmonies are delightful, and they add spice to their performance by their interesting explanations of the customs surrounding the madrigals. This is a riveting revival of a classic tradition.
Three Weeks in Edinburgh

Oxford Times


Past performances include:

Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells
Assembly Rooms, Ludlow
St John's Church, Glastonbury
At the Chapel, Bruton
Acton Court
Edinburgh Festival
Guardian Hay Festival
Port Elliot Literary Festival
Ackworth Concert Society
Pinner Music Festival
Wicker Man Festival
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Blenheim Palace
Ham House
Lambeth Palace
Chelsea Physic Garden
Tate Britain Venetian Carnival
Leighton House
Cliveden House
Wallace Collection
Horniman Museum
London School of Economics
St Martin in the Fields
St James Piccadilly
Southwark Cathedral
St Brides
Grosvenor Chapel
Tour of Lake Constance, Germany
Athens Cultural Centre

Radio appearances:

Classic FM
BBC Radio York

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