The Wonderful World of Medieval Stringed Instruments:  Part II

Plucked stringed instruments also abounded in the Middle Ages. The most popular one was without a doubt the harp.  Our idea that angels play harps came from the many depictions of the instrument in Medieval art, which is entirely understandable considering the ethereal nature of its sound. In the type of music you’ll hear in our next  program, you’ll hear the small, gut-strung medieval harps, which provide  a wonderful counterpoint to the sustained bowed-strings and winds.  In combination with those instruments it creates a transparent texture for the piece as a whole that allows the listener to actually hear the music better. When a piece is played with two harps accompanying the voices, it is as though the angels are singing.


The lute will feature in our concert as well.  Mark plays a small, lightly strung Medieval lute when the music calls for a fast-moving line and the crisp articulation of a plectrum instead of the softer, warmer sounds of the harp.  These plucked instruments add a wonderful rhythm and articulation to the instrumental sound of the ensemble, and are wonderful to look at, besides!

David Douglass


POSTPONED: April Fundraiser

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our April 19th fundraising event, Ecco la Primavera. We expect to reschedule this event for a weekend between July and September – stay posted! Please know this decision does not reduce the Newberry Consort’s need for your support. Indeed, now more than ever, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us not only minimize the losses from this postponement but also contribute to our future events.

If you currently hold a ticket for this event, refunds are available upon request. Otherwise, the cost of your ticket will be applied to the rescheduled event. If you are a current ticket-holder for this event, Consort General Manager Hannah De Priest will be in touch with you directly very soon.
You can always donate to the Newberry Consort online  or via check. Our mailing address is The Newberry Consort, P.O. Box 60212, Chicago, IL, 60660-0212. Please reach out to if you have any questions or leave a message at 773-669-7335 and one of our staff will be in touch with you.
We appreciate your understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you to Newberry Consort concerts in the future. Till then, wishing you all good health and safety in these uncertain times.