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The Players

The Consort at its home venue, the historic Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Greenwich Village.
Top photo: A Pilgrim's Solace at St Luke in the Fields, New York. September, 2013. Philip talks to the audience.

Members of My Lord Chamberlain's Consortrecording at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on
Park Avenue, New York.


Now O now I needs must part

Rest awhile you cruel cares

SEASON 2015-16

"Philip Anderson and Friends"
Honoring John Dowland's 450th birth anniversary
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Park Avenue at 84th Street, New York
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space -- Caritas Concert for Charity

"Awake Sweet Love: Dowland's First Book of Ayres"
With special guest Margaretha Maimone, narrator
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Ridotto Concert Series
Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue
Huntington, Long Island

"A Renaissance Christmas"
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 1:15 p.m.
Midtown Concerts
St. Bartholomew's Chapel
Park Avenue at 50th Street


A Renaissance Christmas
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College
Trinity Episcopal Church
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Additional information TBA

Songs for a Cynical Age:
John Maynard's "XII Wonders of the World" (1611)
Sunday, January 1, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Ridotto Concert Series
St. John's Church
12 Prospect Street (at Main)
Huntington, Long Island

Songs for a Cynical Age:
John Maynard's "XII Wonders of the World" (1611)
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture by author Erik Ryding, 1:30pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York

'A Musicall Banquet'(1610)
Sunday, June 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Connecticut Early Music Festival
Harkness Chapel
Connecticut College
New London, CT
Tickets: $29 reserved/$24 general adm./$12 student

A program selected from Robert Dowland's historic international publication
in its 400th anniversary year.
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 2:00 pm
Pre-Concert Lecture by author Erik Ryding, 1:30pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York
Tickets: $20/$15 at the door

A Renaissance Christmas
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Music on Madison
Presented by the Saint Andrew Music Society
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue (at 73rd St.), New York
Suggested donation $15/$10

A Renaissance Christmas
Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 1:15 p.m.
Midtown Concerts/Music for the Spirit
Immanuel Church
122 East 88th St., New York
Admission: Free

A Renaissance Christmas
Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 1:15 p.m.
Midtown Concerts/Music for the Spirit
Church of St. Bartholomew
Park Avenue at 50th St., New York

A Renaissance Christmas
Sunday, December 6, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Music on Madison
Presented by the Saint Andrew Music Society
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue (at 73rd St.), New York

A Musicall Dreame: Songs of Ferrabosco and Jones
Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture by author Erik Ryding, 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Christopher/Grove), New York

Love is not blind! -- Songs of Michael Cavendish
Thursday, September 18, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture by author Erik Ryding, 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Christopher/Grove), New York

My Lord Chamberlain's Consort: Ten Years Together
Concerts at One
Thursday, March 13, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Trinity Church Wall Street
74 Trinity Place, New York

To Drive the Cold Winter Away
Sunday, December 16, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Museum Concerts of Rhode Island
St. Martin's Church, 50 Orchard Ave., Providence RI

My Lord Chamberlain's Consort is a participant in the STAR (Salute The ARts) Initiative of WNYC, New York Public Radio. For more information, please visit


"This group of singers and instrumentalists had the courage to treat Dowland as a vital, passionate composer, and to present his music as an exciting, living experience."

--The San Diego Reader

"Uplifting in every sense. . . .This septet of musicians put together a tight, engrossing program and performed it compellingly. The performers were uniformly expert. . . . their solos engaged, their ensembles pleased."

--The Los Angeles Times

"The songs deserve to be more widely heard: besides having spectacularly beautiful melodies and harmonizations, they discourse on the pains of love in ways one only hears from Elizabethan writers."

--The New York Times

"The Consort's crack musicians . . . performed the pieces in a variety of forms, from complex four-voice a cappella counterpoint, to solo baritone, countertenor, or soprano accompanied by lute or viol, to instrumentals, to the full ensemble. . . . It was a feast for Dowland fans."

--Arizona Daily Star

Our most requested program, "Awake Sweet Love: John Dowland's First Book of Songs (1597),"
is now available on disc.
To order your copy, send a check for $18 ($15 CD, $3 postage and handling) to:

Andy Rutherford
136 Waverly Place, #12-B
New York NY 10014


MY LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S CONSORT was formed in 1997 to present a complete performance of John Dowland's landmark First Book of Songs or Ayres in its 400th anniversary year. The New York Times called the Consort "a whimsically named new grouping of distinguished early music practitioners. . . . excellent . . . thrilling . . . noble and expressive." Dowland's First Book carries a dedication to Sir George Carey, the Queen's Lord Chamberlain, from whom MLCC takes its name. Carey also was a patron of William Shakespeare's acting troupe, The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Our members have appeared with many of the world's leading early music ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Hesperus, Sequentia, Pomerium, ARTEK, New York's Ensemble for Early Music, and the Folger, Newberry, and Waverley Consorts. MLCC has won acclaim for its refined approach to ensemble singing, its entertaining approach to the Elizabethan repertoire, and the variety and originality of its vocal and instrumental arrangements.

My Lord Chamberlain's Consort presents a new program each fall at its home venue in New York, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields. In the spring of 2001 the Consort made a successful tour of the American Southwest, with concerts in Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Diego. MLCC has since made a number of appearances at The Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh; Columbus Early Music Society; St. Andrew's Music Society at Madison Avenue Presbyterian, New York; and the George Bishop Lane Series in Burlington, Vermont. The Consort has also been heard live over Vermont Public Radio and New York Public Radio, WNYC.


Or call (917) 538-0373


Tenor Philip Anderson has been a featured soloist with Mark Morris Dance Group, Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, The New York Collegium, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and The Waterbury Symphony. Much in demand among early music ensembles, Mr. Anderson has appeared with Artek, Tenet, Chatham Baroque, The Clarion Music Society, Lionheart, New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, New York State Baroque, Piffaro, The Queens Chamber Band, the Tiffany Consort, and The Virgin Consort. When not singing, he grows organic vegetables and raises chickens.

Originally a trumpet player from Portland, OR, Grant Herreid is now a versatile musician/director/teacher on the early music scene. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer he performs frequently on winds, strings and voice with Hesperus and Piffaro, and he plays theorbo and lute with The New York City Opera and the baroque ensemble Artek. He teaches at Mannes College of Music and directs the New York Continuo Collective.

On viol, vielle and violone, Rosamund Morley has appeared with many ensembles including Sequentia, Concert Royal, Four Nations Ensemble and Ensemble for Early Music. She has toured worldwide as a long-time member of the Waverly Consort, appeared with Les Arts Florissants at BAM in its production of Charpentier’s Orphée, and is a member of the New York Consort of Viols and Parthenia. Ms. Morley has recorded for EMI, Columbia Masterworks, Lyrichord and Musical Heritage Society, and also teaches viol at Columbia University.

Lutenist Pat O'Brien has taught and played all sorts of fretted instruments in his native New York for many years. He has recorded with the Andrew Lawrence King's Harp Consort and David Douglass' King's Noyse. With lutenist Paul O'Dette, he is writing a method for 16th-century lute technique. He also regularly teaches early music courses around the around the world.

Andy Rutherford began studying the lute in connection with his interest in 17th-century art, especially the works of Caravaggio and Vermeer, which often feature the instrument. He performs regularly with soprano Marcia Young as half of Duo Marchand. In recent seasons Mr. Rutherford has appeared at Tanglewood and Lincoln Center with the Mark Morris Dance Group; at the Bloomington Early Music Festival; and with Parthenia, Musica Antiqua New York, the New York Consort of Viols, Voices of Ascension, and the Big Apple Baroque Band. Internationally recognized as a builder of lute-family instruments, Mr. Rutherford has taught and lectured on the history of lute design and construction at the Lute Society of America Convention and Seminar.

Soprano Marcia Young sings and plays medieval, renaissance, and baroque harps with the medieval trio Trefoil, Duo Marchand (with lutenist Andy Rutherford), and in duo concerts with lutenist Christopher Morrongiello. In recent years she has appeared with Parthenia, Piffaro, the Folger and Newberry Consorts, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Yale Center for British Art, the HotShops gallery space in Omaha, and the Ars Antiqua series in Chappaqua NY. She serves as Director of Performance Studies for the department of music at Stern College, Yeshiva University, and has taught vocal and instrumental classes at the San Francisco Early Music Society's summer workshop.