Byrd 1588 Psalmes, Sonets and songs of sadnes and pietie
Alamire double disc with Fretwork

The standout is mezzo Martha McLorinan, who deals admirably with “Lullaby, my sweet little baby” and “Come to me grief forever” – no mean feat, given how well known these are. In “Blessed is he that fears the Lord” she is calmly unaffected and yet affecting

Gramaphone, July 2021

Written by Fabrice Fitch

Byrd 1588 Psalmes, Sonets and songs of sadnes and pietie
Alamire double disc with Fretwork

Die Aufname ist tatsächlich kaum zu toppen. Grace Davidsons glasklarer Sopran, Martha McLorinans warmer Mezzosopran, Nicholas Todds schlanker Tenor und das stilistisch sattelfest, 2005 gegründete Vokalensemble Alamire unter der Leitung von David Skinner sowie das erfahrene britische Consort Fretwork, das in diesem Jahr sein 35jähriges Bestehen (mit welchselnder Besetzung) feiert, gewährleisten eine interpretatorische Qualität, die ein uneingeschränktes Vergnügen gewährt. Sofern Lieder von Traurigkeit und Mitgefühl Vergnügen bereiten können.

(The recording is hard to top. Grace Davidson’s glass-clear soprano, Martha McLorinan’s warm mezzo-soprano, Nicholas Todd’s thin tenor, and the stylistically saturated vocal ensemble Alamire founded in 2005, led by David Skinner, and the experienced British Consort of Fretwork which this year is celebrating its 35 year existence, guarantees an interpretative quality that gives an unreserved pleasure. If songs of sadness and compassion can give pleasure.), May 2021

Written by Thomas Rothschild

Byrd 1588 Psalmes, Sonets and songs of sadnes and pietie
Alamire and Fretwork for Inventa

It is a pleasure to report that everything about this double album is excellent. The music, the concept, the soloists, the ensembles and the recording quality are all outstanding… arguably the greatest song in the collection, the concluding lament for Sir Philip Sidney O that most rare breast sung here with controlled intensity by the mezzo Martha McLorinan., April 2021

Written by Richard Turbet

Byrd 1588 (Lullaby my sweet little baby)
Alamire double disc with Fretwork

Hearing it in this hypnotically beautiful version for solo voice and viols is special.

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, April 2021

Written by Andrew McGregor

Bingham: The Drowned Lovers
Tenebrae, City Recital Hall, Sydney

Perhaps the highlight of an exquisite concert was the pairing of Judith Bingham’s The Drowned Lovers with Stanford’s The Bluebird. Bingham conceived her piece as a prologue to Stanford’s impressionistic piece (written nearly 90 years before), and there were many textual and musical echoes between the two. The ululating backdrop from the choir was perfectly graduated to allow mezzo-soprano Martha McLorinan to come through as a rich lyrical presence… Without question this was one of the most atmospheric and well-conceived choral concerts in Sydney in recent years., January 2020

Written by David Larkin

Bingham: The Drowned Lovers
Tenebrae, City Recital Hall, Sydney

A highlight of the programme was The Drowned Lovers, a vivid work- featuring the dark, plangent Mezzo of soloist Martha McLorinan- by Judith Bingham.

Limelight, January 2020

Written by Angus McPherson

Bach: B Minor Mass
Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Town Hall

Lawrence White was soloist in that movement, a superb example of Skidmore’s policy of drawing vocal soloists from within his choral forces. Another, among many, was Martha McLorinan, with her sorrowing, Pieta-like “Agnus Dei”., December 2019

Written by Christopher Morley

Bingham: A Walk with Ivor Gurney
Tenebrae, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Mezzo Martha McLorinan, the evening’s soloist, is a phenomenon, with a rich, expressive voice.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 2019

Written by Sarah Bryan Miller

Rachmaninoff Vespers
Ex Cathedra, Gloucester Cathedral, Three Choirs Festival

Mezzo soprano Martha McLorinan and tenor Jeremy Budd gave of their all to a hushed audience with perfect phrasing and impressive Russian script throughout., October 2019

Written by Maggie Cotton

Bach: B Minor Mass
Gabrieli Consort and Players, Kloster Eberbach

Das Fließende Ineinander von Solo- und Chorgesang ergibt vielfältige Abstufungen swischen großem, prachtvollem Klang in den Tutti und und Seelenvollem, leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck in den Soli. Charlotte Shaw und Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long und Matthew Brook glänzen mit lebendiger Genauigkeit ganz im Dienst der großen Sache, ohne aufgesetzte Attitüde.

(The flowing intertwining of solo and choral singing results in a variety of gradations between great magnificent sound in the tutti and soulful, passionate expression in the solos. Charlotte Shaw, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Long and Matthew Brook shine with vivid accuracy in service of the great thing, without a set attitude.)

Bürstädter Zeitung, August 2019

Written by Dietrich Stern