Events & links - notes on virtual consort paying

Due to Covid 19, all EMSV meetings are suspended for the present.

See below for instruments for sale and an article on setting up Jamkazam - an app to play remotely with a group.


What's On: - See members' section for links to virtual concerts from around the world.



Two EMSV members would like to hire or buy a bass viol. If you have one available please email me at Lyn Hawkins.



MUSIC - collected works for free.  Free to good home!

Rosaleen Love would like to give away six volumes of Musica Britannica. vol 6,  John Dowland: Ayres for Four Voices; vol 9,  Jacobean Consort Music; vol 21, William Lawes: Consort Music; vol 24, Giles Farnaby: Keyboard Music; vol 31, Matthew Locke: Chamber Music I

vol 44, Samuel Wesley: Confitebor tibi, Domine.  Must be able to pick them up (Eastern suburbs, Melbourne) sometime.  The music (Lawes, Jenkins etc) is now easily available elsewhere but the books may still be of interest to viol players.


Remote viol consorting via Jamkzam program during Covid-19

Covid-19 and its consequences have obviously caused a great deal of disruption to our lives over the last few months, especially for the live enjoyment of musical performance.

In an effort to keep consorting during Covid isolation, Lyn and I joined forces with Andrew Parkin and Ann Kanaan to investigate on-line viol playing. We settled on JamKazam as the most prospective platform after some web research by Andrew. Their (free) site provides advice on hardware and software setup issues, and provided us with a good program.

After some experimentation Lyn and I, playing together at our end, settled on a setup using a matched pair of reasonable quality condenser microphones (Behringer C-2) with a USB audio interface unit (SteinbergCI1). Other units such as Steinberg ur12, Focusrite 2I2, Behringer UMC-202 would do. Whilst not absolutely necessary, we found the audio interface gave more scope for sound adjustment and balance. You can use the inbuilt microphone in your computer, but the sound won’t be as good.

Of course it is essential to use headphones to avoid feedback. We  found that the earbuds which came with our iPhones were much better than more expensive ear-covering headphones.

A couple of other setup points which the JamKazam website discusses are latency and delays due to signal processing. They recommend switching off wi-fi and reverting back to using a (long!) ethernet cable (with appropriate Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter for my Mac laptop) from your modem to the computer. The latency isn’t a problem over the 20 km distance between Park Orchards and Bundoora. Using wifi is OK if you have high speed internet.

Using the computer video mode to see who you’re playing with is good, but if your connection signal is slow,  (non-NBN) we found it put strain on the digital processing causing signal breakup, so we initially turned off the video when we were playing. Now with NBN we can leave the video on.

We found that fantasias weren’t the ideal repertoire items for keeping together, and so most sessions featured the more rhythmical airs and dances.  There is a built-in metronome facility in the program but after a few attempts its use was abandoned out of mutual frustration!

The JamKazam software enables strangers to join sessions unless you specifically decline to offer invitation, so we had to ensure that the appropriate box was checked to stop “intruders” trying to join! Similarly we had to make sure that the “private session” box was checked to prevent an uninvited audience from dropping in. 

So, just as we finally set it up, the virus restrictions were eased and small numbers of players were able to get together and we resumed live consort playing. Despite JamKazam being a positive playing experience, there was no doubt that, the “real thing” (ie 4 or 5 in the same space , suitably socially distancing of course) was much better.

Then – lockdown second wave!

So, as of the last couple of weeks we have been thankful that the JK setup has been sitting ready to go and we’re back in front of the microphones.

Peter Hawkins       13-8-20



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Australian early music web links:


Australian Bach Society

Aust Brandenburg Orchestra

Australian Chamber Choir, Douglas Lawrence,

Australian Historical Performance Initiative (based NSW)

Australian Viola da Gamba Society

Box Hill Choral, Andrew Wailes,

Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society

Consort Eclectus

Duniera, Mount Macedon

Early Arts Guild

Early Music Queensland

Early Music Society of NSW (EMA)

Early Music Society of Victoria (EMSV)

Early Music Studio, Melb Uni,

Elysium ensemble 

Ensemble Gombert 

Gloriana Chamber Choir, Andrew Raiskums,

Ironwood Chamber Ensemble

Kew Philharmonic Chamber Choir

La Compañia

Latitude 37 

Lyre Winds (recorder group)

Ludovico's Band

Melbourne Bach Choir

Newman college, Choir, 

Opera Down Under (baroque productions)

Organs of The Goldfields

Peninsular Summer Music Festival 

Promenade of Sacred Music, Sth Grampians, 

Psallamus – Gregorian chant, Latin mass

Recorder & Early Music society of WA

Scot's church, Melbourne

Society of Organists, Victoria, 

St John's Southgate, cantata services,

St Mary's Basilica Geelong

St Peter's Eastern Hill 

The Consort of Melbourne 

Tudor Choristers, Andrew Blackburn, 

Victorian Recorder Guild 

Woodend Winter Arts Festival 


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