1607 is a vocal and instrumental consort founded by Marco Vitale and based on on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

After presenting a choral workshop at the University of Victoria,  Marco envisioned a bringing together of talented vocalists in the Vancouver island area to perform Italian madrigals at a professional level.  The ensemble focuses on works by Monteverdi, Marenzio, Gabrieli and their contemporaries. It will make its debut at the first ART ISLE festival in 2021.

More information: 1607.ca

1607 is the premiere date for Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, a milestone in the evolution of opera and vocal music.

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April 11, 2021



Francesco Maria Veracini   Sonata in a minor
Overtura / allegro, Allegro, Paesana, Largo, Giga “Postiglione”

Georg Philipp Telemann  Sonata in b minor
Tafelmusik I | TWV 41:h4
Cantabile, Allegro, Dolce, Allegro

Antoine Forqueray    La Bellmont / La Buisson (Chaconne)

 Johann Sebastian Bach    Trio-Sonata in F major BWV 525
[No tempo marking], Adagio, Allegro


Romeo Ciuffa, recorders
Marco Vitale, harpsichord