In case you can’t make it to the Summer Course, don’t despair – we’ll be holding our evening classes in North Sydney again next year, commencing on February 4. Full details on our Classes page or download a PDF brochure.
Our 7th Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance is just one month away, 6-8 January, 2016. It’s a great introduction to early dance for musicians, dancers, actors and anyone passionate about social history or period drama. No previous experience or partner required. The course will be held during the daytime in North Sydney, Wednesday to Friday, with a Summer Ball on the evening of Friday 8 January (all welcome). For full details, brochure & enrolment form visit
The Sydney Baroque Music Festival returns for its third year to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015. The festival is an entirely student-driven initiative bringing together young musicians from all over Australia who share a passion for early music. The musicians will be working intensively through the week of 7 to 11 December, to put on a concert of “Water Music”, in the beautiful Music Workshop. This year’s festival welcomes exciting young violinist Rafael Font, who will perform Vivaldi’s concerto “La Tempesta di Mare” with the festival orchestra. The other works being performed include Handel’s Water Music suite in F major, Marais’ “Tempete” from Alcione, Rebel’s stormy Les Elemens, and Telemann’s Divertimento in E-flat major – all on period instruments with gut-strung strings, harpsichords, baroque oboes, flutes and horns, and baroque bassoon and guitar!
Please join our musical friends supporting early music in Sydney, for this free concert on Friday 11 December in Music Workshop at 7pm. http://music.sydney.edu.au/events/scm-baroque-music-festival-concert
You can visit the Facebook page for behind the scenes images, updates, and more: www.facebook.com/SydneyBaroqueMusicFestival
Dear students & friends,
We’re having a little Christmas/End-of-Year Party on Thursday 17 December, 6.30pm in North Sydney. A relaxed get-together for students past & present, friends & family, and anyone curious about early dance.
No charge, catch up with friends, and celebrate with dance.
Wear something cool & festive + dancing shoes.
Please bring a plate of easy finger food to share (no need for knives/forks) &/or something non-alcoholic to drink. Cups & plates provided.
We’d love you to join us to round off the year. Hope to see you soon.
Happy Christmas/holidays & our best wishes,
Just a reminder that our Term 2 classes are commencing soon… The term runs for 10 weeks, up to and including 25 June. For details see http://www.earlydanceconsort.com.au/classes/classes.htm – where there are full details of what, when, where, how much, what to wear, and a PDF brochure to download.
Just a reminder that Early-bird enrolments for the Summer Course close Friday 19 December (just after the Christmas Party). Don’t miss out on our very reasonable pre-Christmas prices.
You might even think about enrolling a loved one in the Course as a Christmas present, or treating yourself to something entirely different for the Summer break….
We’re holding our 6th annual Summer Course in Early Dance in January, running during the day from Wednesday 7 January to Friday 9 January. The theme is Early Dance from Courtly to Comic, embracing both formal and light-hearted dances from the extensive repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque.
The Course will conclude with a Summer Ball, to which all Students and Friends are most welcome.
Full details about the course at
Our evening Classes come to an end this Thursday evening with a little Christmas Party... so consider yourself invited, whether student, friend, family, or aficionado of early dance.
6.30pm, Thursday 18 December 2014, at 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
´Tis the season to get together with our dear friends and supporters, to celebrate a year of ancient dancing, and shake a leg or two. We’d love to see you if you have the time. You know the routine – a plate of finger food &/or drink to share (cups, plates &c provided). There is no charge, and as ever, friends, family members and anyone with an interest in early dance are all most welcome.
Hope you can make it if you’re in the vicinity.
With best wishes from Fiona & John.
Yes, Dear EDC Students and Friends,
A Winter Ball is long overdue…
So this year you are warmly invited to join us for some festive and
footloose frolics (of the Renaissance & Baroque variety) amongst friends. The details: 6.30pm on Friday 4th July, in the usual class venue – 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Hope to see you there, with the usual plate of finger food and/or drink to share (we’ll provide tea/coffee, cups, plates &c).
Please don’t forget that it is on a Friday evening this time.
Entry $15 ($5 children)
And we’d appreciate an RSVP by Wed 2 July so we have an idea of numbers.
With best wishes,
Fiona & John.
(02) 9416 5765 | 0400 104 969 | email@example.com
What is a Masque?
A Masque is a theatrical spectacle combining music, drama, song and dance. Once performed in the royal courts in the 16th and 17th centuries, masques were lavish affairs that combined artistic performance with aristocratic socialising and participation.
Today masques are very seldom performed, so we are delighted to be able to announce that “Cupid and Death”, written by James Shirley in 1653, will be presented at the Glebe Cafe Church on 30th and 31st May, 2014. With music composed by Matthew Locke and Christopher Gibbons performed on early instruments, with drama and dance to match, this will be a rare opportunity to experience one of the few entertainments to emerge from the turbulent era of Commonwealth England.
Shirley’s “Cupid and Death” is loosely based on the fable by Aesop. By chance, both Cupid and Death come to stay at the same Inn, but when they depart the next day, they unwittingly carry the wrong weaponry. What chaos will ensue? Can order be restored? A cast of intriguing and unexpected characters bring this wise and witty tale to life for modern audiences, while satirising the high and mighty of their day.
Not to be missed!
When and Where?
Friday 30th May 7pm, 2014
Saturday 31st May 2pm and 7pm, 2014
Glebe Café Church, 37 St Johns Road, Glebe (Sydney)
Bookings: Tickets through ClassikON www.classikon.com
(choose date first) or go to direct links at http://www.cupidanddeath.com/cupidanddeath.com/Concert_Information.html
Poster PDF Enquiries contact info
About the production: (see www.cupidanddeath.com)
Words by James Shirley
Music by Matthew Locke and Christopher Gibbons
Produced by Imogen Granwal & Tara Hashambhoy
Directed by Nadia Piave
Choreography by Fiona Garlick
Chamberlain – Owen Elsley
Nature – Hester Wright
Mercury – Neil Kirkby
Host/Despair – Peter Williams
Cupid – Vanilla Tupu
Death – John Barnard/cast members
Chorus – Elli Bortolotti, Jenny Duck-Chong, Richard Black, Richard Bell
Dancing by The Early Dance Consort
Fiona Garlick – John Barnard – Raffaele Arcamone – cast
Raymond Harvey – Harpsichord
Samantha Cohen – Theorbo
Bridget Crouch and Tara Hashambhoy – Violins
Imogen Granwal – Cello