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THE SCOOP | The Toronto Consort Pivots To Online Streaming Subscription Service

By Michael Vincent on November 17, 2020

(L to R) John Pepper & Paul Jenkins (Photo: Colin Savage)
(L to R) John Pepper & Paul Jenkins (Photo: Colin Savage)

The Toronto Consort has announced Early Music TV, a new online video subscription service dedicated to Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque music.

“For the past five years we’ve explored how best to connect with our audiences in a digital age, how to attract leading specialists to perform with us, and how best to invest in a long-term digital strategy that benefits both our organization and the legacy of the repertoire itself,” said Managing Director Michelle Knight. “What’s thrilling about this is that we can achieve these goals through our all-new streaming service, Early Music TV.”

The service was launched in response to legislation restricting public gatherings, which has left the entertainment sector searching for solutions. Initial offerings will include full-length concerts, repurposed audio recordings with video, and educational content.

“This is an exciting time for both the Consort and the broader Early Music community, despite the challenges we all face,” said Toronto Consort Artistic Associate Alison Melville. “A platform like Early Music TV reveals the adaptive and creative ways we can continue to safely perform and record together, and shares through video the intimacy and joy of this wonderful repertoire. And additionally, the geographical distance between our audience and ourselves no longer hinders a much broader sharing!”

Programming will start November 19, 2020, with All in a Garden Green, featuring music from Elizabethan England. On December 14, 2020, A Medieval Christmas debuts with English carols, Notre Dame polyphony from Pérotin, and others. Future content in development includes a lecture series; a salon series of concert shorts; and original productions and content created by industry peers worldwide, exclusive to Early Music TV.

Early Music TV will be available on iOS and Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and additional platforms. Premium one-year subscription pricing in Canada starts at $149.99. Individual concert pricing is also available.  More details HERE.

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