Melos Choir and Period Instruments

We hope you join us for our exciting 2018-2019 Season!

Friday, March 29, 2019, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.

Queen’s Colloquium Series 

Melos and Queen’s University host Alpharabius, a musical ensemble dedicated to exploring the musical interactions of the rich cultures of the Mediterranean from the 9th-19th centuries. Joining them is traditional Egyptian dancer, Angelina Thorne.

Featuring renowned Arabic music historian, Dr. George Sawa, playing qanun; percussionist Suzanne Meyers-Sawa, and members of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Mediaeval Music on period instruments, Alpharabius will perform European and Middle Eastern instrumentals from centuries of cultural exchange, and accompany traditional Egyptian bellydance by Ms. Thorne.

Location: Room 120, Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Queen’s University

Saturday, March 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Open Workshop

Come learn from east-west Early Music specialists,  Alpharabius and Sine Nomine. Topics include Ancient Egyptian dance (eg. Belly dance), Middle Eastern percussion;  evolutions of oud, lute and guitar; Islamic medieval courtly culture, and playing recorder/renaissance instrumental music influenced by the east. All workshops are at the Quintillian School or St. John’s Anglican Church in Portsmouth Village. Click here for the Workshops & Outreach page and more information. All welcome!

Saturday, May 11th 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Early Music and Dance, from the Middle East to France, 9th-19th c.

With guests Alpharabius, presenting music, dance and readings, from eastern and western traditions.
Includes traditional Middle Eastern belly dance; Baroque dance; Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes; traditional Arabic folk tunes, Eastern and Western chant.

Location: Isabel Bader Centre

For tickets, click here

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Artwork by Richard Talbot and

Our first CD ‘A Star in the East’ is now for sale!

Please click HERE for more information.

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 We would like to extend our thanks to our 2018 – 2019 Season Corporate Sponsors


Physiotherapy Kingston and Spinal Rehab Centre


TD Bank


Kingston Ideal Weight Loss Inc

Brent Mills Chiropractic


the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul


S.M. Blair Family Foundation

For a complete list of our Season Sponsors, please CLICK HERE

Photograph of Fontenay Abbey by Paul M. Malo