The Squair Mile Consort of Viols, formed in 1992, regularly gives concerts in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield in Scotland. It is dedicated to the great music composed for the viola da gamba (viol) from the 16th to the late 17th century - music for between two and seven viols by composers such as William Byrd, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, John Jenkins, William Lawes and Henry Purcell, as well as songs for one voice and viols, music for viols and pipe organ and solo music by the French composers Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais.
The Consort has received funding from the Scottish Arts Council and launched an annual Scottish early music course for viol players. The Consort also seeks to promote the brilliant potential of modern music composed specifically for the viol: recent performances and commissions include 'Through the Mirror' and 'Dr Bernard Emery his Fantasie' by Rebecca Rowe, and Prelude, Scherzo and In Nomine by Leon Coates.
The Consort (Rebecca Rowe and Fiona Mackintosh on treble viols, Erica Schwarz, Ursula Schlapp and Ken Thomson on tenor viols, Vickie Hobson and Thomas Munck on bass viols, often perform with soprano Rosie Sweetnam, and join forces with other early muskc groups in larger works.