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Oct. 1

12:00 - 1:00


$10.00 + HST



Noontime Concert Co-presented by

Quality Foods

CHRIS ELLIS and CELESTE LOVICK (From England)  (ORIGINAL FOLK MUSIC)                                         

A superb Canadian/English duo that performs original songs with two voices, guitars and grand piano    “Wonderful music!”…HALO (London)



Set List for This Concert:

One Step
In This Time
Acadian Driftwood (a cover song by The Band, which we have arranged for guitar, piano and two voices)
No Distance
Tread Softly
Dear James
Shoals of Herring (An Ewan McColl cover which is arranged for voice and piano)
People can listen to some samples of some of these songs on our website at:


CHRIS ELLIS is an improvising singer-songwriter with a background in acoustic stringed instruments and jazz piano. He is a guitarist in the tradition of Richard Thompson and John Martyn and with a background in poetry and theatre, Chris' lyrics contain a richness of imagery. In addition to the duo with Celeste Lovick, Chris performs solo using loops and percussion and also has worked with larger ensembles. He has toured in both Europe and North America performing at venues such as Glastonbury Festival and the National Theatre. According to Solfest in Cumbria, UK: "Chris' playing will make you fly!"

CELESTE LOVICK: I was born on the west coast of Canada in 1977, and have always loved to sing. At age 16, I was given my first guitar and inspired by artists like Tracy Chapman and the Beatles, I began to write my own songs and to perform them down at the Inner Harbour in Victoria. I always knew I was meant to be a performer, but spent the next several years focusing that energy into acting for film and theater, rather than music. In 1999, an opportunity arose for me to study abroad in England. Nurtured by the vibrant acoustic music scene there, I decided to postpone my degree and to stay in the UK to follow my heart and my dream. Over the last 9 years in England, I have been blessed to have many fantastic playing experiences both on my own and with some very special musicians. Some of the highlights have been supporting the Proclaimers at the Waterfront in Norwich, playing the National Theatre, Glastonbury Festival, Stainsby Festival, Gaunt's House, Embercombe, playing with our 6 piece ensemble (me, Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Brian Boothby, Dave Sturt and Jeffrey Davenport) and some very magical campfires. I have also recently met the wonderful live music scene on Canada's West Coast and am grateful for the influence that has had on me and my music. As well as performing, in the last several years I have enjoyed making three self-produced albums, "Live at Gaunt's House" (2000), "Listening" (2002) and "In This Time" (2007). Also, in 2008, Chris Ellis and Celeste Lovick made an album together called "Sheltering Tree". During these years I have found great inspiration in artists such as Praying for the Rain and The Waterboys. I am grateful for all the creative people I meet who work in this way, bringing through music and other art forms which remind us of the connectedness of all things, of what it means to be present, loving and compassionate.



Oct. 1

7:00 - 9:00


$15.00 + HST





“An Evening in Vienna” 


Elizabeth MacIsaac-soprano

Emily Nagelbach-flute

Douglas Hensley-guitar, mandolin   

       The Continuum Consort presents Evening in Vienna, a selection of music from Vienna and Germany in the early 19th century, when salon concerts were very popular. Included in this concert are songs by Mozart and Schubert, several recently unearthed works for the trio of voice, flute and guitar by Diabelli, Zumsteeg, Grossheim and Jusdorf, and Diabelli’s Potpourri of famous themes by Beethoven, set for flute and guitar.

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The Continuum Consort was formed in 1998 by Elizabeth MacIsaac and Douglas Hensley as an outlet for their collective interest in a wide span of art music for voice and plucked string instruments. Although their repertoire spans a wide range of history from the 15th to 21st centuries, the Consort is also passionate about commissioning and performing new works for this combination of instruments. To this end, they have received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Their activities as an early music ensemble have included a tour of Vancouver Island schools with a programme of music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci, an Elizabethan Masque in affiliation with the Shakespeare Festival of Victoria, appearances with the Victoria Symphony's Festival Baroque Ensemble, a programme for the University of Victoria Medieval Studies that resulted in a live CD recording, Pleasure, Pomp and Power, and various other programmes and benefit concerts throughout Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest. They have also produced a CD recording of lute songs entitled Si je languis. In 2004, the Consort gave premieres of six works written for the quartet of soprano, flute, viola and guitar by members of Delos, a group of Korean women composers. This was followed by a performance of new Korean and Canadian works in Seoul at the prestigious PAN Music Festival in 2006. In June 2007, they toured South Korea in recital, performing works by Canadian women composers and members of Delos. In addition to soprano Elizabeth MacIsaac and guitarist/lutenist Douglas Hensley, the Consort expanded with the addition of flutist Emily Nagelbach in 2007 for the second tour of Korea.

Elizabeth MacIsaac, soprano

Elizabeth MacIsaac enjoys a reputation in her own country and abroad as an artist of great expressive range and technical accomplishment. Her reputation is very much centred around her performances of early music but in the past several years has expanded her vocal interests to include music from 18th to early 21st century. A strong interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of works by international composers such as David Loeb, Nicolai Sani and Canadians John Abram and Nicolas Fairbank.

Ms. MacIsaac lived and performed throughout Europe from 1990 to 1996, sustaining a busy schedule as a touring artist. Among other engagements, Ms. MacIsaac performed extensively with the French early music ensemble Musicantique. In 1994, she travelled to Dublin as featured guest artist for an international conference of Passionist Monks, performing "A Musician's Tour of 17th Century Italy".

Since relocating to Victoria in 1996 Elizabeth MacIsaac has continued her active and varied career as a performer. Ms. MacIsaac is the founder of the Victoria based women's medieval vocal group "Ensemble Laude", which recorded its first CD in 2002.  In the West, she has performed on several occasions with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Victoria Symphony, the St Cecilia Orchestra, CappriCCio Vocal Ensemble and the Burney Ensemble. As well she has appeared with the Palm Court Orchestra, and the Whitehorse Community Choir.

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Emily Nagelbach, flute

Emily Nagelbach is second flute/piccolo with the Vancouver Island Symphony and is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Emily is also a member of Pedagogy Committee of the National Flute Association and Artistic Director of the Summer Music Discovery Camp at the VCM for children ages 7-12.  As a freelance musician, she has performed with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra.  Emily holds an AVCM from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), a B.Mus. in Performance and Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.Mus. in Performance from the University of British Columbia, studying with Amy Hamilton, Lorna McGhee and Camille Churchfield.  Prior to entering university, Emily studied for many years with her friend and mentor, Mary Byrne.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has won numerous competitions, including the Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music Competition and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Emily has been broadcast on CBC Radio as guest principal flute with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and has recorded for the Canadian Music Centre with the WLU Flute Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim.  She is a member of the Continuum Consort, with whom she toured South Korea in recital in June 2007.  Emily teaches flute, piccolo and theory to students of all ages and levels as well as piano and fife for young beginners.

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Douglas Hensley, Guitar and Lute

Douglas Hensley received degrees in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  In California, he founded and directed such chamber ensembles as Drifting Leaves (flute, viola, guitar) and the Lennon-Stravinsky Quartet (soprano, flute, harp, guitar).  He also made guest appearances with Composers, Inc., Earplay and the Oakland Chamber Symphony, as well as the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin.  He co-founded and co-directed the contemporary music ensemble ISKRA with conductor Kent Nagano, recording Frank Martin's Poemes de la mort.

Since moving to Victoria, he has been very active in the performance of early music on period instruments and has performed with Anima, Ensemble Laude and Les Violes de Ste Colombe.  As a guitarist, he has appeared numerous times with the Victoria Symphony and soloed with the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.  Mr. Hensley has commissioned and premiered over 50 works by composers from many different countries and he has recorded a wide variety of pieces on various instruments.  He is on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he teaches guitar and lute.  He also plays and teaches the classical Persian instruments tar, setar, santur, and oud, which he studied in California and Paris.