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Education

ach season, The Toronto Consort offers a free concert series and free in-the-schools workshops for high school students.

Our education programs are presented free because of the generous support we receive from individual donors, governments funders and foundations like the J.P. Bickell Foundation, The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, The George Cedric Metcalfe Foundation.

For more information about our workshop programs and dates of our student concerts, please call 416-966-1045 or email info@torontoconsort.org .

Concert Programs

Our FREE student concert series is held at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall located at 427 Bloor St. W. (one block w. of Spadina Av., Spadina Subway Station).

Our programs are designed for secondary school students and introduce the rich musical and cultural heritage of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque periods. These programs complement studies in many areas including English, Music, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, and History. 

Shakespeare's Songbook
This Concert Program brings alive the kinds of music which would have been heard by William Shakespeare in Renaissance England.

Based on researches in the field, this 50-minute concert/lecture uses the songs and dances of Shakespeare's plays as a way of introducing high school students to the wonderful world of Elizabethan music.

With music for fools, fairies and Falstaff, students hear and are introduced to ballads, recorder and hurdy-gurdy improvisations, harpsichord fantasias and a capella vocal works. A great way to increase understanding of William Shakespeare, and to be introduced to an unforgettable musical world!

The Marco Polo Project
This Concert Program is a creative re-imagining of the extraordinary music the 13th-century Venetian explorer might have heard on his travels.

The impetus for this new 50-minute education concert came from the fact that students in Toronto today come from all around the world, and represent a wide range of cultures and musical backgrounds. The Consort wanted a way to connect early music with these other musical traditions. Marco Polo is a perfect vehicle, because he travelled so extensively through the middle East and southern Russia to China. This education concert follows Marco Polo’s travels, with an emphasis on the instruments and the singing style of the different cultures he might have encountered on his journey.

Students hear examples of Chinese musical styles and instruments and traditional Georgian music, which features incredible vocal gymnastics, including nimble counterpoint and strident dissonant chord tunings. Around these pieces from Georgia and China, the Toronto Consort plays examples of the lively dances and haunting laude (Italian spiritual songs) which would have been known by Marco Polo and his family.

An Introduction to Medieval Music
The program is a wonderful way to introduce students to the fascinating world of medieval music.

The 50-minute concert program is devised as a pilgrimage, just as it might have happened in medieval Europe in the early 13th century.

First stop is Paris, where we hear the cries of street vendors, listen to itinerant students singing the original CarminaBurana, and take part in lively instrumental dances. As we travel through France we encounter a group of knights on their way to the Crusades, and hear their songs and stories. Finally we reach Spain where we are joined by throngs of pilgrims singing cantigas and dancing. Throughout, students are introduced to medieval instruments and their unique sounds.

The Toronto Consort has prepared a special Teachers’ Guide, introducing medieval music history, and the instruments heard in the concert, which is available to participating groups.

Nuit Blanche 2012

Forty-Part Motet workshops – Special Project in Fall, 2012

In September and October 2012, the Toronto Consort presented Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet, organized by the National Gallery of Canada. This unique sound installation ran in the gymnasium of Trinity-St. Paul's United Church during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, September 29, 2012 and received over 2,000 visitors in one evening.

As a part of this project, we offered two different workshops to students in the Greater Toronto Area, free of charge.

1) A workshop and installation experience to school groups at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church on October 1 and 2, 2012. This 60-minute hands-on workshop was made available to Grade 7 to 12 students. The workshop was general in nature, and appropriate for students of music, visual art, drama, history, media studies, and other subjects.

2) From October to December 2012, we offered free in-school, performance-based workshops in Renaissance music. These workshops were aimed at music students in Grade 7 to 12, in any performance discipline: vocal, strings, band, guitar, or keyboard. Toronto Consort musicians visited schools to work with music classes and ensembles, either on repertoire that teachers have previously selected, or on repertoire that we brought.

Download a comprehensive Teachers' Guide.

This innovative undertaking by the Toronto Consort has been generously supported by the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation under its Strategic Initiatives Program.

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 An Introduction to Medieval Music
   
(Teachers' Guide; PDF 2.9MB)

Teachers' Guide: An Introduction to Medieval Music

 Janet Cardiff Forty-Part Motet
   
(Teachers' Guide; PDF 1.18MB)

Teachers' Guide: An Introduction to Medieval Music

 

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427 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON
M5S 1X7
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