2016 EVS Overseas Tutor update

The AVdGS is very sorry to have to announce that Wendy Gillespie has had to cancel her travel plans to visit Australia this year due to illness. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she may be able to attend as our Overseas Tutor for a future Easter Viol School.
Meanwhile, we are very grateful to Lisa Terry who has agreed to attend the 2016 Easter Viol School as our Overseas Tutor. Thank you Lisa, for making yourself available at such short notice!

LISA TERRY is an avid chamber music performer and soloist on viola da gamba and violoncello, and has spent her career as a long-term member of many of the best known chamber ensembles in the early music scene of the Northeast. Her home base is in New York City, where she is a member of the viol quartet, Parthenia. Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, and is a member of the Dryden Ensemble in Princeton; she works regularly with the Lyra Consort (NYC) and Pegasus Early Music (Rochester). She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Concert Royal.

Lisa earned her degree in cello performance from Memphis State University and continued her studies in New York with Richard Taruskin, viol, and Harry Wimmer, cello. She appears to great acclaim as soloist in the Passions of J.S. Bach, notably under the batons of Robert Shaw, Richard Westenburg, Kent Tritle and Lyndon Woodside in Carnegie Hall, in the Jonathan Miller staged performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music conducted by Paul Goodwin, and at the Winter Park Bach Festival, conducted by John Sinclair. With Parthenia, she records for MSR Classics. With Tempesta di Mare, she records for Chandos.

Lisa teaches viola da gamba and cello privately in New York, and at workshops around the country –  at Amherst Early Music Festival, Pinewoods Early Music Week, Madison Early Music Festival and the VdGSA Conclave. She is the Vice-President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America

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Easter Viol School 2016

Friday 25th – Monday 28th March 2016

Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College


The theme of this year’s workshop is the Broken Consort. Taking our inspiration from Thomas Morley’s First book of Consort Lessons (1599), we will follow the popular practice of the Elizabethan era when instruments from diverse families such as strings and winds consorted together and also took part in madrigals such as Morley’s “It was a lover and his lass” and “Now is the month of maying”. We will discover how broken consorts can play a range of Renaissance music from the nifty dances of Praetorius to the sublime madrigals of John Dowland.

Tutors: Lisa Terry (USA)

Laura Moore (Musical Director)

Ruth Wilkinson, Miriam Morris and Laura Vaughan (viols)

Matthew Manchester (cornetto)

Anna Sandström (soprano)

Simon Rickard (bassoon/rackett)

EVS 2016 enrolment

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Photos from the EVS

We are looking for some photos taken at the Easter Viol School, particularly of the dance class. If you have some, Suzanne Ferguson would like to use them for reviews written for the AVDGS journal and also the VDGSA journal. Please let us know!


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Viol makers in Australia

Michal Prokop (http://michalprokop.com/)  moved to Australian two years ago.  He is based in Taree, NSW, and is a bespoke maker of historically based violins, violas, cellos and viols.  Michal will make an instrument to suit your needs and also undertakes repairs, bow restrings, etc.

Other makers in Australia are listed here.

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2015 Easter Viol School

The 2015 National Easter Viol School will be held in Canberra at the Australian National University School of Music from Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April.  The theme of the school will be The Viol in France.

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Wow! A new website!

The Australian Viola da Gamba Society is currently revamping and updating our website.

Please be patient as we transition across our content.

Pop back soon to see the result of our hard work!

If you are looking for the old site, you can find it here:


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