A local group of musicians took Orange Johnson House visitors back in time Dec. 2 with renditions of holiday songs and period music.
The Cecily Ensemble includes Barbara Ford, Kathy Pinkham, Vickie Starbuck, Sherry Trick and Jane Warburton. Dan Barber played Dec. 2 as a substitute musician for Warburton.
Ford said the performance was the group's first at the Orange Johnson House, a 19th-century residence at 956 High St. near downtown Worthington. The house is owned by the Worthington Historical Society.
The Cecily Ensemble, which is named after St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians, uses a variety of instruments for performances. The instruments would have been common in the Renaissance (from the 14th century to the 17th century) and Baroque (from the early 17th century until the mid-18th century) periods.
Trick, a Powell resident, plays a rebec, a bowed stringed instrument that was the precursor to a violin and is played in the crook of the arm, as well as her grandfather's antique violin.
Ford, who lives in Clintonville, plays recorders and a krummhorn, an early double-reed woodwind instrument used during the Renaissance period.
Barber and Starbuck, both of Columbus, play recorders and Warburton, a Hilliard resident, plays the viola. Pinkham, a Dublin resident, also plays recorders and frequently uses a bass recorder.
The group also has a selection of tambourines and bells.
All the members have been playing together for two years, Ford said. Most are retired from various jobs, except for Barber, who works as a translator.
Ford, Trick and Warburton formerly played with the Amalia Consort, a Columbus-based group of female musicians who perform Renaissance and Baroque music.
Though the ensemble frequently plays Renaissance and Baroque arrangements, group members also love playing more modern music during performances, Ford said.
"There's quite a variety of selection," Ford said.
The Cecily Ensemble, which does not have a website or Facebook page, performs at local music clubs, churches and senior centers, and it has performed with other groups, such as the Magpie Consort, a mixed choral ensemble based in Columbus.
"We're presently quite busy," Ford said.
The Cecily Ensemble's next performance will be Dec. 16 at the 9 a.m. service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 700 High St. in Worthington. Ford also will play a sonata at the 11:15 a.m. late service.