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Continuum Consort bring real old-time music to Cowichan

The nimble fingers of Douglas Hensley has anchored the Continuum Consort since 1998. - courtesy Continuum Consort
The nimble fingers of Douglas Hensley has anchored the Continuum Consort since 1998.
— image credit: courtesy Continuum Consort

Forget Bob Seger and his Old Time Rock'n'Roll.

If you are looking for music with some real staying power, check out Providence Farm this weekend.

Victoria's Continuum Consort will be presenting music that has been around for 600 or 700 years.

Courtly Songs of the 14th and 15th Centuries is the theme of Saturday's Continuum performance in what News Leader Pictorial arts maven Peter W. Rusland frequently refers to as the farm's "acoustically blessed" chapel.

The will showcase music by period composers Guillaume de Machaut and Guillaume DuFay, and their Italian contemporaries.

"Come and savor the ancient and intricate beauty of medieval polyphony and poetry," promotional material from Annette Lampson reads.

Dedicated to authentic historical performance, the Continuum was formed by Elizabeth MacIsaac and Douglas Hensley in 1998, as a result of their collective interest in a wide span of art music for voice and plucked-string instruments.

She sings. He plays the lute and the gittern.

Lampson, a  soprano, and tenor Ian Bullen will join them, along with Pat Unruh will play the vielle a heritage string instrument.

"When did you last hear this repertoire in live performance?" Lampson writes. "This concert of intimate chamber works will be enhanced by the rich and resonant space of  Providence Farm Chapel."


Your ticket

What: Courtly Songs of the 14th and 15th Centuries

When:  Sunday, February 26, 3 pm

Where: Providence Farm Chapel, 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan

Tickets: available at the door only: $10 adults, $8 for students. For more, call 250-701-0687

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