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The Food of Love

Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare

The Baltimore Consort’s core repertory — music of the Elizabethan era — songs and consorts from Shakespeare plays, with the band’s colorful array of instruments — lute, cittern, viols, and flutes. 

Crossing to the New World

Early and Traditional Music in the British Isles, France, and North America

North America’s settlers brought a rich trove of music from their “old countries” to the shores of  the New World. These are the songs and dances preserved in Appalachia as well as French and Scottish Canada, and some from the original sources on the other side of the Atlantic.  

Adew Dundee

Early and Traditional Music of Scotland

The "Scotch Humor" has enchanted music lovers for hundreds of years. The BC explores music of Scotland from 400 years ago while also tracing the thread of traditional Scottish Song which followed the migrations of Scottish  farmers and artisans to the New World. 

Wassail, Wassail!

Music for the Yuletide Season

With its always festive cornucopia of instruments — lute, cittern, viols, crumhorns, recorders, rebec and percussion—the Baltimore Consort offers old carols and dance tunes  from the British Isles, Germany, France, Spain and the New World. An annual and ever-changing seasonal celebration. 

La Rocque ‘n’ Roll

Popular Music of Renaissance France

Chansons, lively dances and rollicking traditional songs contrasting the earthy, the humorous, the elegant, and the sublime arts of 16th-century France. 

Adío España

Romances, Villancicos, & Improvisations of Spain, circa 1500

The BC, with countertenor Jose Lemos, presents the stirring Romances and lively Villancicos from this turbulent time when Spain was a land of three cultures—Moorish, Jewish (Sephardic), and Christian.

Music from the Palace Songbooks, the courtly composer Juan del Encina, and the books of the vihuelistas. 

Gut, Wind, and Wire

Instrumental Music 1500 - 1700

Spruce, maple, boxwood, rosewood, snakewood, sheep’s gut, horse’s tail, crow’s quill, elephant’s tusk, ram’s horn, and, according to legend, the shell of a tortoise—like the ingredients of a sorcerer’s potion, these once-living remnants of plants, birds, and animals become musical instruments only needing our breath or touch to conjure the Muse’s magic. A CD, with illustrations of the instruments, is available to prepare students for school appearances. 

Cupid’s Cabinet

Love Songs of The British Isles, France, Spain, Italy, and the New World 

The Baltimore Consort's celebration of Valentine's Day, but appropriate to any season when love is in the air. Amorous and risquè chansons, ballads, and dances, many drawn from the Consort's "Art of the Bawdy Song."

Musick’s Silver Sound

Heavenly Harmony and Earthly Delight in Shakespeare’s England

The Baltimore Consort returns to the Elizabethan theater, entertainments for the Queen, and country dances, all presented with pithy quotes from the Bard. 

In a Garden so Green

Renaissance & Traditional Music from England, Scotland, Italy, France, and Spain

A potpourri of early and traditional tunes performed by four of the Baltimore Consort's members.

Custom Programs

Baltimore Consort can create a program especially for a particular event or audience. Examples: 

  • "The World of Jacob van Eyck" for an exhibit of seventeenth-century art at the National Gallery of Art
  • "A Trip to Killburn—Playford Country Dance Tunes and their Ballads" for a country-dance ball. 
  • "Spiritual Songs and Dances" for a sacred music festival.