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The Toronto Consort

Toronto Consort

The Toronto Consort is Canada's leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Formed in 1972, the Consort has performed throughout Canada, the USA, Great Britain and Europe. It has frequently collaborated with other early music specialists including Paul O'Dette, Julianne Baird, Colin Tilney, the King's Noyse and Les Sonneurs de Montréal.

A number of twentieth-century works have been written specially for the ensemble, which has led to guest appearances with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony and North German Radio Orchestra. Each year the Consort offers a subscription series in Toronto. These concerts are constantly exploring new repertoires and innovative ways to bring early music to the modern audience.

Toronto Consort brochureThe Consort often works in collaboration with actors, dancers and visual artists, to produce concerts which have dramatic as well as musical appeal. Recent projects include a program of old and new pilgrim’s music with Oliver Schroer, fiddler extraordinaire, and music from the time of Leonardo Da Vinci, our new CD of which is scheduled for release in 2007 with the title – you guessed it – ‘The Da Vinci Codex.’

The members of the Toronto Consort are: Katherine Hill, soprano, early fiddles; Michele DeBoer, soprano; Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Paul Jenkins, tenor, keyboard instruments; David Fallis, tenor and Artistic Director; John Pepper, bass; Terry McKenna, lute, plucked strings; Alison Melville, recorders, early flutes.

Recordings

The QueenThe Queen: Music for Elizabeth I

The Consort’s latest CD of Elizabethan music, THE QUEEN, was released in 2008 and is available through www.marquisclassics.com. The program includes several pieces for broken consort, that particularly English and magically coloured instrumental mix of lute, bandora, cittern, bass viol, violin and flute.

"The Toronto Consort’s new recording of music of Queen Elizabeth I is
a welcome addition to the English Renaissance discography.
Their performance is finely polished and beautifully presented."

Harmonia

Available through www.marquisclassics.com.

The DaVinci Collection CDThe Da Vinci Collection: Music from the Time of Leonardo -
Marquis 81357, 2006

Music from 16th-century Italy, including dance tunes, diminutions, madrigals, frottolas and more, using recorder and renaissance flute.

Available at Marquis Music

Praetorius Christmas Vespers - Marquis Music MAR 335, 2005

A festive recreation of a Christmas Vespers service as it might have sounded in a 17th-century German Church under the direction of Michael Praetorius. Available at Marquis Music

The Little Barleycorn: Winter Revels from the Renaissance - Dorian 93186, November 1999

David Fallis, Artistic Director/tenor/harsichord; Paul Jenkins, tenor/harsichord; Terry McKenna, baroque guitar/lute; A.M., recorder; John Pepper, bass and Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano with David Greenberg, violin; Ben Grossman, percussion, hurdy-gurdy; Katherine Hill, soprano, viola da gamba. Available at amazon.ca

“Instrumentalists Terry McKenna and Alison Melville, recorder,
dazzled their way through some florid solos.”

—Regina Leader-Post


O Lusty May - Dorian 93172, 1999

"The virtuoso talents of Alison Melville are featured on several solo tracks...and also contribute tasteful flourishes and ornamentation throughout. One solo in particular...accompanied by Paul Jenkins, is filled with ear-tickling impulsiveness and musical caresses."

—Toronto Early Music News

Available at amazon.ca

“I can’t help but smile when listening to the rich, cheerful, heartfelt music of the Toronto Consort. On this recording in particular, the recorder virtuosity of Alison Melville stands out as she imitates birds in several numbers with well-placed chirps and flutter-tongueing.”

—A happy customer, Amazon.com


Orlando di Lasso - Chansons & Madrigals - Dorian Discovery, DIS-80149, 1996

Vocal and instrumental treatments of works by Lassus, including solo songs, instrumental diminutions and intabulations, vocal and recorder consorts, and settings for the whole ensemble.
Available at amazon.ca

Full Well She Sang - SRI, 1993;
Nowell Sing We - SRI, 1992;
The Sweet Hereafter (movie soundtrack, music by Mychael Danna) - Virgin, 1998

www.torontoconsort.org

Banner photos: Paul Orenstein

“...[The Toronto Consort] brings a toe-tapping sensibility to Renaissance repertoire...the group whoops it up with infectious songs relating to the ale-soaked winter revels...”

—Discography

 

“All the members of the group should be congratulated on their performance, but of special note are those of Alison Melville, the recorder player, who gives the CD a special touch, and the group’s artistic director, David Fallis, who is responsible for its perfect equilibrium.”

—Goldberg, 2003