Rory McCleery began his musical career as a chorister at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh under Timothy Byram-Wigfield and Matthew Owens. He gained a double first in music at Oxford University as both Organ and Domus Academic scholar of St Peter’s College, subsequently completing an MSt in Musicology with Distinction. He is the founder and musical director of The Marian Consort. As a countertenor, Rory greatly enjoys working as a soloist and consort singer in concert and recording with ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir, The Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, Contrapunctus, The Tallis Scholars, Le Concert d’Astrée, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Cardinall’s Musick.
Recent solo performances have included Bach St John and St Matthew Passions; Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Pärt Passio and Stabat Mater; Purcell Come ye sons of art, Ode to St Cecilia and Welcome to all the pleasures; Monteverdi Vespers of 1610; Rameau Grands Motets; and Britten Abraham and Isaac in venues including the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, the Concertgebouw Brugge, and the Snape Maltings. Rory has appeared as a soloist for broadcasts on ARTE, Radio France, BBC Radio 3 and German and Italian radio, and collaborates regularly with the Rose Consort of Viols.
Rory is much in demand as a guest conductor, chorus master and workshop leader, and is a passionate believer in the importance of music education and singing for young people. He is also currently engaged in doctoral research centred on the French Renaissance composer Jean Mouton, and acts as an academic and programming consultant to festivals and many of the ensembles with whom he performs.