This is the fourth (or fifth?) year that The Wright Result has created the website, program and assisted with the marketing and production of Victoria’s annual Pacific Baroque Festival. Each festival expands on the previous and this year introduced a Thursday, two concert day – with a morning ensemble at Alix Goolden Hall, and evening concert with Belgian organist Bernard Foccroulle at Christ Church Cathedral. The Friday and Saturday evening concerts featured the Pacific Baroque Orchestra – the festival’s orchestra in residence – with the incredible Victoria Children’s Choir, St. Christopher Singers and guest artists Anne Grimm (soprano) and Sand Dalton (oboe).
To make it clear, baroque music is not my first listening choice – jazz, classic rock and folk fit the bill most days. Each festival however provides new insights into the beauty of early music, especially when performed on period instruments. The festival also opens up a delightful world of musicians, performers, venues and personalities.
The Pacific Baroque Festival is fortunate to be sponsored by CBC RAdio 1, 90.5 FM Victoria, with Jo-Ann Roberts, host of ‘All Points West‘ interviewing the musicians prior to each concert.
Bernard Foccroulle – the acclaimed Belgian organist performed at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday February 4th. The Cathedral organ is high above the main audience floor, accessed by a narrow winding staircase. The entire performance was videocast on a screen to the audience below while Bernard played.
‘Telemann Goes to School’ was the title and theme of Saturday February 6th’s concert at Alix Goolden Hall.
Any festival event featuring the Victoria Children’s Choir is always popular, and this year was no exception with the choir including a bit of theatre in their rendition of Telemann’s ‘Der Schulmeister’. Paul Winkelmans performed the part of The Schoolmaster.
Comments, photos, videos and more can be found on the Festival Website