About the Consort

The Rosewood Consort is a semiprofessional early music ensemble that specializes in repertoire from the Medieval through late Classical eras (c. 1200 – 1800), as well as Christmas and folk music. Rosewood regularly performs on all voices of recorder (from sopranino to contrabass), viola da gamba, and keyboard.

The Rosewood Consort greatly appreciates the weekly rehearsal space provided by Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton, ON.


The Consort began in the 1980s as part of the Mohawk College recorder program. In 1994, it moved to Melrose United Church and named itself the Melrose Consort. Its main goal at that time was to provide a place where people could practice and improve their recorder playing for their personal enjoyment and education. The move from Melrose as the ensemble’s home base prompted the change in name to the Rosewood Consort.

Under Bob Rivers, who was hired as conductor in 2008, the consort began playing for the general public in a number of locations. Other instruments, namely the viola da gamba and the harpsichord, were added to give more variety and richness to our sound. Bob retired in June, 2014, at which time Stephane Potvin was hired as Music Director, who served until the end of 2018.

The Rosewood Consort is currently under the direction of David Federman.


What our audience said about Love, Loss, and Passion: A Musical Tour of Renaissance Europe (June, 2019)

“Enjoyed being transported back in time.”
“Fascinating instruments and wonderful music.”
“Outstanding! Enjoyed the capped reeds.”
“Excellent musicianship. Terrific entertainment.”

What our audience said about Christmas Around the World (December, 2018)

“The clear and beautiful sound is mesmerizing!”
“Enjoyed the global variety of the Christmas music, refreshing change from the standard carols.”
“A peaceful hiatus in the busy holiday season.”
“Very pleasant and soothing Christmas music.”

December 24, 2018

Dear Members of the Rosewood Consort,

Every Christmas it is our greatest pleasure to thank you for your ongoing visits here at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. The holidays can be a difficult time especially for those suffering with illness. Thank you for bringing a little joy to our patients!

Both patients and staff have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for your generous contribution to our Christmas music program.

We wish you and your families all the very best, good health and much happiness at Christmas and throughout the New year.


Dr. G. Okawara, Radiation Oncologist, ARCT, MEng, MBA, MD, FRCP(C), Head, Music in the Courtyard