L-R: Sheila Beardslee, Eileen Cecelia Callahan, Nouri Newman, Brian Warnock
Founded by Boston-area recorder teacher Sheila Beardslee in 1995, CONCORDIA CONSORT is the performance ensemble representing Recorders/Early Music Metrowest, the MetroWest’s participatory early music program. For over a decade, Concordia has contributed period music for over 200 services at churches throughout New England. Concordia has been heard in live broadcast on for WCRB, WHRB and WGBH Radio and has performed in concerts historic King’s Chapel and Old North Church in downtown Boston, for the Concord Museum, at Middlesex Community College, MIT Chapel, Williams College and other venues.
Concordia was the guest ensemble in The Boston Boy Choir’s 2001 holiday concerts. The group was featured in two concerts during the Museum of Science’s acclaimed Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, and was tapped for First Night performances in Boston and Portsmouth NH. Concordia has performed regularly for the Wakefield Opera House series in Sanbornville NH.
Named Ensemble-in-Residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Concordia has collaborated with Portsmouth (NH)-based Pavane Renaissance Dance Ensemble for a program of Elizabethan music, dance and poetry in the Society for Historically Informed Performance summer series. Concordia frequently shares programs with Ars et Amici vocal ensemble, and with guest soloists sopranos Eileen Cecelia Callahan and Harriet Bridges, and countertenor Andrei Caracoti.
Concordia’s CD, “Ay me, Ohime,” featuring English and Italian 16th-17th century music, was released in 2009.
Concordia Consort members are Nouri Newman (Malden), Brian Warnock (Arlington), Eileen Cecelia Callahan (Maynard) and Sheila Beardslee, director (Acton).
Under Ms. Beardslee’s direction, Concordia’s members have toured Italy several times in the past decade with Ars et Amici, performing in Rome, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Cortona, Bolzano, Venice and Padua.
Standing, L-R: Mark Maiden,
Sheila Beardslee, Audrey Benevento
Seated, L-R: Brian Warnock, George Mastellone