Medieval music comes to Cumston


MONMOUTH – A concert of medieval and Renaissance music will be presented by The Calderwood Consort at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Cumston Hall.

The program will include Gregorian chant, Spanish cantigas, early English dances, French motets, a hymn written by Hildegarde of Bingen, and a song used by Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night.” Instruments played by the Consort include viol, vielle, harp, psaltery, recorders and crumhorns.

Calderwood Consort has been performing medieval and Renaissance music for many years. Currently, the trio includes Margaret Edmondson, and Linda Johnston, and Edwin Douglas.

Edmondson, a native of England, has directed music for Calvary Methodist Church in Lewiston and Temple Shalom in Auburn, and is presently pastor at the Winthrop Center Friends Church.

Johnston, a graduate of Monmouth Academy and early employee of the Theater at Monmouth, went on to study musicology at Bates College and Oxford University. She owns The Monmouth Press and is a trustee of Cumston Hall.

Douglas is an artist who recently retired from teaching drawing and painting at the Maine College of Art. A resident of Portland, he spends his summers in Essex, N.Y., where he plays in a Baroque musical group.

The May 5 concert will also feature narration provided by Carol Griffiths. The concert will be held under the auspices of the Friends of Cumston Hall. Donations collected at the door will go to benefit the Hall and its ongoing restoration.