Shakespeare’s Songbook

NEXT Concert: Fall, 2016
LAST Concert:  Friday November 6, 2015 at 1:30pm.

For more information about our workshop programs and dates of our student concerts, please call Ms Terry Raininger, Managing Director at 416-966-1045 or email

NEW: Resources for Teachers and Students*
1. Visit the Student Resources page to find two quizzes that you can assign to your students. The quizzes are completed online and provide your students with immediate feedback.
2. Download the Shakespeare’s Songbook Teacher Resource 2015. The guide provides teachers with a selection of classroom exercises related to the concert program.

This Concert Program brings alive the kinds of music which would have been heard by William Shakespeare in Renaissance England.


Private Collection: Saunders Portrait

Based on research in the field, this 50-minute concert/lecture uses the songs and dances of Shakespeare’s plays as a way of introducing high school students to the wonderful world of Elizabethan music. Each concert is followed by a Q & A with the artists.

With music for fools, fairies and Falstaff, students hear and are introduced to ballads, recorder and hurdy-gurdy improvisations, harpsichord fantasias and a capella vocal works. A great way to increase understanding of William Shakespeare, and to be introduced to an unforgettable musical world!

*Student and Teacher Resources created by Alex Eddington, Outreach Educator