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Severall Friends | Early Music for the High Desert
A consortium of musicians who gather to play a broad spectrum of early music from Machaut to Rameau.
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The Nightingale of Instruments

Sunday, January 22, 3:00


Our season opener features a trio of violins, charmingly called “nightingales” by the passionate 17th century
music-lover, Roger North. Accompanied by viola da gamba and harpsichord, you will hear them in exceptional
and delectable music from diverse composers including Marini, Uccellini, Buonamente, Gabrieli, Scarlatti, Purcell, and Blow. A rare treat! Featuring Elizabeth Blumenstock, Stephen Redfield, and Shelby Yamin, violins; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Caitlyn Koester, harpsichord.



Sunday, January 22; San Miguel Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, 3 pm.
The Nightingale of Instruments is sold out. Thank you!



For ye violls 2023: An intensive weekend workshop for viol players at all levels in Albuquerque, NM

March 23 – 26, 2023


An intimate four-day weekend for viol players at all levels featuring five-and six part consort music from England, Flanders, and Italy. The workshop’s three instructors—Wendy Gillespie, Larry Lipnik, and Mary Springfels—are among the most outstanding coaches in the field. Each tutor has chosen a repertoire. There will be six formal sessions, plus a final reading and faculty concert. There will be free time each afternoon for an extra drop-in class, siesta, or sightseeing.


Download the brochure at this link: https://www.severallfriends.org/events/foryeviolls/




Gardens of Earthly Delights

Saturday, May 20, 7:30


The great Elizabethan gardens were strange masterpieces which combined nature and art in lovely and unsettling ways. They provided inspiration for poets and composers of the era. We will perform music for voice and strings by William Byrd, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Campion, and other Tudor masters. With Emily Noël, soprano; Robert Eisenstein, Lawrence Lipnik, Mark Rimple, and Mary Springfels, strings.


Saturday, May 20; San Miguel Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, 7:30 pm


We are very concerned for everyone’s safety during Covid: We will expect all attendees to follow current CDC and New Mexico state protocols regarding health advisories.

Early music in the high desert

We are Severall Friends, a consortium of musicians who gather to play a broad spectrum of early music from Machaut to Rameau. Based in Santa Fe, our mission is to bring compelling performances to the Southwest. We also plan to work with young musicians from local schools and offer workshops for adult amateurs. Mary Springfels and Elizabeth Blumenstock are co-Directors, and Ken Perlow is Treasurer and General Manager.

Severall Friends Sep 29 2016

This season is made possible by a generous grant from the John C. Griswold Family Foundation.

This concert season is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.