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. The Consort's early music activities
- a tour of Vancouver Island schools with a
programme of music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci (1999);
- the mounting of an Elizabethan Masque in
affiliation with the Shakespeare Festival of Victoria and an
appearance with the Victoria Symphony's Festival Baroque Ensemble
- Two concert tours to Korea.
World premieres of works by Canadian and Korean Composers
at the PAN Festival and in Seoul.
- a program for the University of Victoria
Medieval Studies that resulted in the live CD recording entitled
"Pleasure, Pomp and Power" (2001);
- appearances in Seattle and in Victoria's
acclaimed series Eine Kleine Summer Music and Sundays in the
- Concerts of Persian Music, including "DARYA"
with Babak Mehr, Faraidoun Akhavan and Neil Golden.(2007-8)
The members of the Consort have always been
active in commissioning and performing new works. In 2003 the
Canada Council for the Arts awarded the Continuum Consort a grant
to commission a work for voice and archlute from Calgary composer
John Abram, which received its debut performance in May of that
year.In 2006, The BC Arts council awarded funds for the commission
of a work by Dorothy Cheng, set to poems from Jan Zwicky's
"Small Songs and Silences"
In November 2003 the Consort produced a program
of 20th and 21st century music entitled "Eastern Echoes",
which included a world premiere as well as a number of Canadian
premieres, by composers from the US, Korea/US, Scotland, Sweden,
Japan, and Canada. In August 2004, flautist Paolo Bortolussi
and violist Kay Cochran joined the Consort in the world premiere
of six works written for the Consort by members of Delos, a group
of Koran women composers.
The Consort has appeared annually in faculty
recitals at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 1999, in
programs of both early and contemporary music. The duo's most
recent project, a CD of voice and lute repertoire spanning four
centuries, has now been released, to acclaim.