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Eliza's Toyes

Category: Community Choirs
Category: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
In the summer of 2005, a few singers in the Madison Early Music Festival decided that it was a fine idea to get together and delight themselves with singing madrigals. The group's first piece—William Byrd’s “This sweet and merry month of May”, whose ending celebrated
Queen Elizabeth I with the words
And greet Eliza with a rhyme:
O beauteous Queen of Second Troy,
Take well in worth a simple toy.
provided a great name for the group. Eliza’s Toyes was born, and existed every summer in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2008, a fair number of singers who were in Eliza's Toyes are living in Madison once again. Thus we gather, outside of the Festival, for the joy of music making. It is our pleasure to continue sharing this wonderful body of music with you!