Since its founding in 1972, The Toronto Consort has become internationally recognized for its excellence in the performance of medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music. While its concert and educational audiences continue to grow, it hasn’t traditionally offered a comparable opportunity to experience the joy of Early Music beyond its in-person programs.
Welcome to Explorer.
Explorer is a blog for the curious; a place of learning, sharing, and community. This all-new offering will present an assortment of general-interest content in a range of formats, like original short- or long-form articles, original video and audio recordings, and educational content on relevant topics relating to early music, history, and world music, as they relate our beloved repertoire.
What’s in a name?
Explorer (noun): a person who explores an unfamiliar area; an adventurer.
So much information about music from the Middle Ages to Early-Baroque has been lost over time. When our creative team approaches curating the mainstage season, it often begins with an intense curiosity. They dive into volumes of known historical publications, anthologies of poetry, and literature. They research sources found by colleagues, academics, and scholars. They dig up manuscripts, musical parts, and texts. They assemble all of it and then transcribe, arrange, and rehearse for our performances.
In many ways, presenting early music is a great expedition into times long lost.
Set sail to new discoveries!
Like the great adventurers of the Age of Exploration, join us as we embark on a deeper dive into the repertoire of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early-Baroque.