Early-bird enrolments close 19 December

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….


Summer Course 2015

2015 Summer Course in Early Dance from Courtly to Comical
The Early Dance Consort Summer Course in Early Dance 2015

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

Brochure PDF

Enrolment PDF

Christmas Party 2014

The Early Dance Consort's 2015 Christmas Party, 6.30pm Thursday 18 December, in North Sydney
2014 EDC Christmas Party, 6.30pm Thursday 18 December, 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney

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.

Mid-Winter Ball 4 July 2014

The Early Dance Consort Mid-Winter Ball 2014, Friday 4 July 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney

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.
PDF Invitation

With best wishes,

Fiona & John.

(02) 9416 5765 | 0400 104 969 | enquiries@earlydanceconsort.com.au

English Masque “Cupid and Death” update & bookings


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


Baroque Dance Music CD “Les Matelots”

This Baroque Dance Music CD by the Leipzig-based ensemble Les
Matelots is a crowd-sourced project on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cd-les-matelots#home
It will run only until April 30, 2014. They write:

After years of performing early music with connections to period dance we decided as ensemble Les Matelots to produce CD of French and English Baroque-dance music. Our goal is not just to please the listener’s ears, but to bring you music which fits the dance perfectly.
We chose a colourful collection of 18 dances and contredanses and made our own arrangements… and we have invited other musicians to participate. You will find up to 10 instruments playing on our CD.
As you can imagine, such a project wouldn’t be possible without support. Therefore we have started a crowd funding campaign, in which you can support us financially or pre-order our CD.
It would be very helpful for us, if you could pass the message on to friends and colleagues possibly interested in our project. In summer 2014 you get a CD,  which hopefully pleases every dancer and lover of Baroque music as a reward.

For more info including track-list see http://www.lesmatelots.com/cd-english.html
YouTube clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzg4dpsQOng

So please consider supporting  this with a contribution towards a rarity – a new CD of music specifically for baroque dance choreographies and contredanses. And there is a bit of an Australian connection here, as harpsichordist Chris Berenson used to play for the ensemble for a while.

British Birds, Beasts and Bards – The Renaissance Players

The Renaissance Players: British Birds, Beasts and Bards

25th & 26th March, 2014, at 7 pm
Great Hall, Sydney University
Tickets: $36 – via trybooking.com or at the door
Enquiries (02) 4751 4910

Popular traditions of British music & poetry c. 1300–1977 directed by Winsome Evans

Australia’s oldest and most famous early music group presents its latest eclectic feast (with a 20th century twist!) on Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th March at 7pm in the magnificent Great Hall of The University of Sydney.

A touch of mediæval song (ornamented with flourishes from later times) and music by the young, lusty King Henry VIII are ancient precursors to the concert’s main focus on popular rounds, traditional songs and country dances from Somerset, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Sussex and Wexford.

Newly arranged for a wide variety of renaissance and modern folk instruments, along with sets of labyrinthine variations on pop music of the 1970s, the whole is garnished with a spicy, eclectic assortment of 20th century British poetry.

A musical adventure across the centuries with jokes, mysteries and hidden references aplenty: all sung in traditional styles and played on exotic instruments.

Led by Associate Professor (and international doyen of early music) Winsome Evans BEM OAM, the line-up for this concert series includes Jessica O’Donoghue, Mitchell Riley, Susie Bishop (singers); Llew Kiek, Andrew Lambkin, Winsome Evans, James Wannan, Jane Duncan, Kirsty Vickers (multi-instrumentalists); Jessica Lim (organist); Geoff Sirmai (poetry) with cheeky readings and poems.

Gemshorn, recorders, douçaine, crumhorns, rackett, whistle, flutes, rebecs, violins, violas, baroque cello, ud, gittern, citole, guitar, Irish harp, ukuleles, piano, handbells, assortment of exotic percussion including nakkers, daireh, tabor and darabukka and the Great Hall organ.

Commemorating the outstanding cultural and intellectual contributions to humanity of Pete Seeger and Alan Turing (the Enigma code hero), the program also features a tribute to our embattled ABC. It includes works by the group’s late patron Emeritus Professor Sir Peter Platt and its legendary poet and original reader Professor Frederick May.

The Renaissance Players is Australia’s longest-running early music group. Debuting in 1966 in the Great Hall of Sydney University, its more than 200 alumni boast such eminent performers as Graham Pushee, Lyndon Terracini, Michael Atherton, Barbara Stackpool, Wayne Richmond and Jonathan Rubin. It has performed all over Australia and overseas and produced more than 20 internationally acclaimed CD recordings.

VENUE: The Great Hall Sydney University Camperdown, NSW 2006
CONTACT DETAILS:  Llew Kiek 0247514910 llew@maramusic.com.au

See https://www.facebook.com/events/627575770641658/

For bookings:  http://trybooking.com/  (choose the date first)

Finding dance music

While we lament the shrinking number and size of classical music retail stores (and the annoyingly inapt classification of all music by “song” and “artist” rather than by “composer” and “work”), the online music business has provided some fringe benefits for early dancers. Instead of having to buy a whole CD just for the odd track used in class, now it is possible to be selective, preview individual tracks and be (almost) instantly gratified with a download.

Of course there’s nothing like the pleasure of browsing in a serious music shop, and buying real CDs for quality of recording and supporting information. So don’t forget to support our local music stores such as Fish Fine Music (http://www.fishfinemusic.com.au/) and the ABC Shops in Sydney, which in turn support local artists and the classical recording industry.

See http://www.naxos.com/buyonline.asp for an international list of retail and online suppliers.

For downloads we suggest:

Classics Online (http://www.classicsonline.com/)
Bigpond Music (http://bigpondmusic.com/) with unmetered downloads for its internet customers

(Amazon sells physical CDs, but its music downloads are not available in Australia)

Christmas Party 2013


A belated note that our classes conclude for the year with a Christmas Party on Thursday 19th December, 6.15pm for 6.30 – 9.00 pm at 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.

We’d love you to join us— students, friends, family — for a little chat, cheer (of the non-alcoholic variety), and general choreographic recreation.

* Wear something cool & festive, and don’t forget to bring those dancing shoes

* Finger food &/or drink to share would be most welcome (nothing that needs knives/forks) – cups & plates provided

With best wishes for the holidays & Christmas festivities,

John & Fiona.


16 Dec 9416 5765 | 0400 104 969 | enquiries@earlydanceconsort