Music at St. Thomas’

“Music at St. Thomas’” produces seven events per year, from October to April, on the third Sunday of each month at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Belleville. Since 2014, the series is fulfilling its artistic mission: sharing with the Quinte community the beauty of great classical music, and the artistry of exceptional and renowned musicians. The series hosts performances with high quality standards, like those that one can attend in concert halls of large urban centres. Admission is by donation, making those concerts accessible to all.
 
“Music at St. Thomas’” has hosted concerts by world-class artists and ensembles: pianist Marika Bournaki, harpist Valérie Milot, organists Rachel Laurin and David Briggs, VC2, harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour, and the Choir of Men and Boys from Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.
 
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21 October 2018 · Choral Evensong
 
The Choir of St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Belleville, conducted and accompanied by music directors Matthieu Latreille & Francine Nguyen-Savaria, will be singing an hour of choral music at St. Thomas' Anglican Church on Sunday afternoon, October 21st. This year's evensong will feature music by English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons. Works to be performed include “Magnificat,” “Nunc dimittis,” and “O Lord, Increase My Faith” as well as two organ solos. This is a rare opportunity in this area to attend a Choral Evensong service as sung in Anglican Cathedrals for over 400 years. The evensong service is known as “vespers” in other denominations.
 
The event will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served. 
 

 
18 November 2018 · Organ & Trumpet Concert
 
On November 18th, trumpeter Travis Mandel from Ottawa and organist Denis Gagné from Montreal will offer a “valves and pipes” concert. Travis Mandel is Principal Trumpet of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Cathedral Brass, and a member of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces. Born and raised in the National Capital Region, he began the trumpet at age 14. Travis has appeared in concert with many orchestras in Eastern Canada, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau. He has played with a variety of military bands, but his proudest moments came as member of the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards, a band he served with until 2016.
 
From Montreal, organist Denis Gagné completed his studies at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. Denis was organist for twelve years at the Sanctuaire du Saint-Sacrement in Montreal. He is currently organist for the parish of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in Montreal, and co-organist for the Italian parish Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. Denis Gagné is an active performer on the Canadian and French scenes. He takes pride in making Canadian music known abroad. Travis and Denis' concert will indeed feature several Canadian works.
 
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 

 
16 December 2018 · Carols by Candlelight
 
The Choirs of St. Thomas' Anglican Church, Belleville, will be presenting “Carols by Candlelight,” a Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday afternoon, December 16th. The service will be presented in the traditional style of King's College, Cambridge. The Junior and Senior choirs, conducted and accompanied by music directors Matthieu Latreille & Francine Nguyen-Savaria, will present Christmas carols and anthems. The congregation is also invited to join in singing some all-time favourites.
 
The event will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 

 
20 January 2019 · Musical Journey of Germany
 
Matthieu Latreille will give a pipe organ solo recital at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Belleville on Sunday afternoon, January 20th. The programme will feature works by Mendelssohn, Reger, Merkel and Bach, including the famous chorale prelude “An Wasserflüssen Babylon” employing the double pedal technique.
 
Matthieu Latreille and his wife, Francine Nguyen-Savaria, have been music directors at St. Thomas’ Anglican church since January 2014. The pipe organ of St. Thomas' Anglican Church is one of the finest in the area. The instrument was built by Gabriel Kney in 1977, to replace the large Casavant organ that had been destroyed with the church by fire in 1975. The instrument of 19 ranks (about 1,000 pipes) has 14 stops and its action is entirely mechanical. A live projection on a screen will allow the audience to see the organist performing.
 
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 
 
 
17 February 2019 · The Canadian Guitar Quartet
 
On Sunday February 17th, the Canadian Guitar Quartet will present an original programme showcasing the versatility of the classical guitar at St. Thomas' Anglican Church.
 
Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ has appeared with orchestra across Canada, and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs. The quartet has been broadcast on both CBC and Radio-Canada, has had a special performance feature on Bravo! Television, was featured in the webcast at Chicago’s Northwestern University, on CBC’s overseas networks, and in various international magazines. The mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience.
 
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 

 
17 March 2019 · Sacred Music for Female Voice Choir
 
On Sunday March 17th, an all-female voice ensemble will present an hour of choral music at St. Thomas' Anglican Church. The ensemble will be formed of soprani and alti from Montreal. Some of the singers will be returning for a third season of Music at St. Thomas', and others will be new to Belleville. The programme will take the listener on a journey through the history of choral music, starting with plainchant and ending with a contemporary work. It will include great works of sacred music from various traditions and countries. “Classical sacred music is something organic that has evolved tremendously over time,” explains Francine Nguyen-Savaria. “It was influenced by history, change in dogmas, changes in tradition... We tried to create tableaux representing various periods of the history of classical sacred music. There will be some plainchant, works by Renaissance composers, Romantic works, modern works, and we will finish with a work by a living composer... not us, this time around, though!”
 
The chamber choir will perform the first part—the older works—a capella, and then move to the organ loft for works requiring organ accompaniment. 
 
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 
 
 
21 April 2019 · The Neighbours
 
On Easter Sunday April 21st, violinist Sofia-Marie Bergeron, classical dancer Paola Bergeron and organist Francine Nguyen-Savaria will present “the Neighbours,” a collaboration between the three childhood friends... and neighbours. The majority of the programme will be dedicated to violin and organ music, and Paola will choreograph a few pieces. The programme will feature works by Bach, Corelli, Veracini, and Vitali.
 
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow during which light refreshments will be served.  
 
 
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Francine & Matthieu LATREILLE
Directors of music
Saint Thomas’ Anglican Church
201 Church Street
Belleville, ON K8N 5P2
Telephone: 613.962.3636
Email: MusicAtStThomas@gmail.com