- James Wierzbicki
- , revised by David Atkinson Wells
Early music ensemble. It was formed in 1976 by Christopher Kendall (lute, vihuela, Renaissance guitar, theorbo) to be a resident ensemble at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The group focuses on music from the medieval and Renaissance periods, but has performed music ranging from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Artistic directors Kendall and Robert Eisenstein (violin, viol, recorder) are the group’s core members, and they are joined by a rotating cast of guest vocalists and instrumentalists for performances and recordings. Although the group strives for authenticity, it also recognizes the need to adapt to the modern concert hall and chooses instruments that project well. Its inventive and carefully documented programs has received critical praise. Beginning with the 1977–8 season, it has given six series of concerts annually at the Folger Library; it has also toured extensively in the United States and has broadcast on National Public Radio. The Consort counts education among its goals, as well, offering seminars in conjunction with some regular season performances. The group has made numerous recordings, including an album of Renaissance instrumental music, one of early music from Switzerland, and two discs of incidental music to some of Shakespeare’s plays by Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, Matthew Locke, and others....