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Rarely Performed ST MATTHEW PASSION a Festival Highlight!

The Bach Festival of Canada announces its Gala Performance of the

St Matthew Passion

JS Bach’s great Choral and Orchestral Composition

Conducted by Artistic Director GERALD FAGAN

Bach’s monumental work with a double choir of over 100 voices, full orchestra and 6 soloists, performed in the pastoral setting of South Huron. This gala performance will close the week of Concerts & Events of the third Bach Festival. Truly music in the heart of the community!

Bach’s St Matthew Passion still deeply moves audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, Germany. Written in the late 1720’s, it is considered one of the great works of Western sacred music, as it is both monumental and intimate. Rarely performed because of the demanding double choir, it is therefore an honour to present to our Bach Festival community and a rare treat to hear!

Calling it “the most profound musical statement of the crucifixion known to western civilization”, conductor Gerald Fagan believes this is the first performance of the St Matthew Passion in Huron County! A performance not to missed and likely not repeated for many years to come. 

Artistic Director Gerald Fagan
Artistic Director Gerald Fagan


Saturday July 18 2015

Venue: South Huron Recreation Centre
Time: 7:00pm

Tickets: $30 for Adult & $25 for Student

Due to the kind support of our Festival sponsors, ticket prices are extremely low for this once in a lifetime event.

Leslie Fagan
Leslie Fagan


Colin Ainsworth
Colin Ainsworth

Daniel Lichti
Daniel Lichti


Laura Pudwell
Laura Pudwell


John Avey
John Avey

James McLennan
James McLennan

Welcome Stacy Smith to the Youth Arts Immersion Program!

Stacy Smith HeadshotIf Stacy Smith looks familiar, chance are you have seen her in such television productions as Jesse Stone (featuring Tom Selleck), Rookie Blue and Marion Bridge, to name just a few!  And now you will be able to see her in Exeter Ontario as the newest addition to the Bach Festival Youth Arts Immersion Team!

Stacy is not only a stage and screen performer, she also has a tremendous background in working with young people in the arts, making her an ideal addition to the Festival Youth Arts program. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Ms. Smith received her B.A. in Theatre from Dalhousie University, and studied voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Music.

Stacy’s  15 years of working with young people includes teaching her own ‘Let’s Create a Play’ classes in New Glasgow, instructing numerous theatrical workshops and summer camps for several theatre companies, and teaching students at the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival. Stacy was also the Acting instructor for Halifax’s Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program for which she created the class curriculum.

Having relocated to Ontario in 2011, Stacy now instructs and directs with Stratford Playmakers Theatre School, as well as organizing and directing The Ghosts of Stratford Walking Tours. Last spring, Stacy created ‘The Kale Show’ for The Foundation for Education. The show introduced the clown characters Kale and Big Chip, touring elementary schools and creating awareness about the importance of healthy eating habits at an early age.
The Bach Festival is delighted to welcome the talented Stacy Smith to the Youth Arts Immersion Program. Why not consider joining us?
For more information about the Youth Arts Immersion Program, check out the details found on our website!  https://huronwavesmusicfestival.ca/youth-choir-information-2/


2015 Season Early Bird Ticket Special!

The 2015 Season has been announced! Click on the TAB at the top of the page for all the details!

To Celebrate our 3rd Season of Music, the Festival is for the first time offering an Early Bird discount of 10% off the total purchase price of your tickets! To receive the discount, you must purchase directly through the Festival Box Office either in person or by phone. (This offer cannot be applied through ticketscene. This offer does NOT include Festival Passes!)

The Festival Box Office is located at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, 264 Main St Exeter. Or phone 519 235 2565 ext 223.
April            Tues  10 – 12
                            Thurs 10 – 12
                               Fri     10 – 12
May              Tues   10 – 2
                             Wed    10 –  2
                              Thurs   10 – 2
                               Fri        10 – 2
          June           Mon to Fri   10 – 3



MONDAY JULY 13               Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice performs  Bach’s Goldberg Variations


TUESDAY JULY 14                BARN DANCE COUNTRY SHOW featuring Larry Mercey,  Naomi Bristow,  Marie Bottrell ,   John and Geneva Heaman, The Barn Dance Show Band and…Master of Ceremonies, Jim Swan.


WEDNESDAY JULY 15        REVERB BRASS            top-notch playing, and a captivating stage presence.             –  New Music Toronto





FRIDAY JULY 17                  YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM SHOWCASE   Showcase of work from Youth Arts Camp!



                        Conducted by GERALD FAGAN










Bring your lunch and enjoy a noon hour concert

FREE of charge! Monday through to Friday at Noon,

Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, 264 Main St. S.

Exeter, ON


Huron Harp School

(Sharon Johnston, Instructor);

Katherine Napiwotzki

(Soprano – Exeter native)


Sigmar Martin, Violin

(Grand Bend Violin Virtuoso)

Steve Holowitz, Jennifer Fagan

(Jazz & pop selections)

Youth Artist Performance

(Local high school performers –

the next generation!)

EARLY BIRD Registration Deadline for Adult Choir!

Attention Singers, Choristers, Music Lovers! Do you like to sing? Would you like the opportunity to perform with an orchestra, soloists and fellow music lovers under the baton of Artistic Director Gerald Fagan?

Full details on the Adult Choir participation are below. Registration forms are available here through these  attachments 2015 Adult Choir Information and Adult Choir Registration Form 2015 ,  by email the Festival at bachfestivalcanada@gmail.com or by calling the Bach Festival office at 519 235-2565.

Register before March 15th and receive a reduced registration fee of $125 plus HST. Visit the ADULT CHOIR Page for all the details!

Bach Festival welcomes Sonja van de Hoef-Dennis!

As our former highly regarded Founding and Executive Producer Louise Fagan has stepped in to a Consulting role for the Festival we are very pleased to welcome Sonja van de Hoef-Dennis as Festival Producer  joining Festival Manager Jean Jacobe, Gerald Fagan, Artistic Director, Friedhelm Hoffmann, Board Chair as well as the members of the Bach Festival Board of Directors.

Sonja picSonja  graduated with her Master of Music in Literature and Performance (Choral Conducting) from Western University where she studied with Dr. Victoria Meredith and Dr. Gerald Neufeld. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Honours Church Music at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied voice with Patricia Pascoe and organ with Jan Overduin. She is currently the Director of Music at Colborne Street United Church in London, Ontario. She was on faculty at Western University instructing in Choral Conducting from 2010 – 2014 and was the first apprentice conductor with the Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC) in 2007 working under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids. She was the Artistic Director with the Milton Choristers from 2002 – 2010. While Ms. van de Hoef – Dennis claims that “all things choral” is her passion, she has studied piano, voice and organ and enjoys the opportunity to sing as a soloist or chorister with ensembles such as Arcady or the CCC.

Sonja joined the Bach Festival Family in March as the Festival Producer  ensuring the Festival’s rich tradition of providing professional concerts, workshops, events and a Summer Festival week continue in the highest calibre.


Welcome Sonja!

With Respect,

Friedhelm Hoffmann

Board, Chair

A Celebration of Ontario Composers!


 The Bach Festival Chamber Choir with Artistic Director Gerald Fagan presents a celebration of Ontario Composers in this concert that beckons in the spring!

“Made in Ontario”

Highlighting contemporary composers who contribute to the rich legacy of Ontario based musicians whose work reflects the diverse nature of our province and our country.

Ontario stamp

Sunday March 8 2015


St James Westminster Anglican Church

115 Askin Street London

Adults: $20  Youth $10

Tickets available through www.ticketscene.ca

or the Festival Box Office

519 235 2565 ext 223

Join us for this wonderful exploration of new music as performed by  the community’s most exciting new choral group!

We’re Bach! – For Immediate Release


We’re Bach!
2013 Season Announcement!

As promised at the end of our 2011 sell-out season when we announced ‘We’ll be Bach….!’indeed the Festival has returned!

The Bach Music Festival of Canada is excited to announce its stellar line-up of artists, concerts, and master classes, for the 2013 Summer Season! Back after its sold-out inaugural season in 2011, the Festival continues to build on its relationships with Canada’s most renowned and respected artists while cultivating roots in the heart of Huron County, Ontario.

The Sunday July 14th Gala Opening concert features Juno award nominated instrumentalist Susan Hoeppner, (Flute) in concert with the incomparable percussionist Beverley Johnston. In having Ms Hoeppner launch the 2013 season, Artistic Director Gerald Fagan states “We met Ms Hoeppner at the 2012 JUNO awards and were struck not only by her extraordinary artistry but the warmth and intelligence she brings to her performance. Truly a Canadian star on the International stage!”

Other Guest Artists include the JUNO nominated Jazz performer Fern Lindzon; Baroque specialists Capella Intima; the fantastic Project Aria (featuring Guy Few (Trumpet), Leslie Fagan (Soprano), Stephanie Mara(Piano); the much loved Bach Youth Choir (Brenda Zadorsky, Conductor), and the newly formed Bach Festival Chamber Choir & Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director Gerald Fagan.

The Saturday July 20th Closing Gala presentation of the great Bach work the St John Passion, features soloists, orchestra and a mass choir equaling over 150 performers in total with Artistic Director Gerald Fagan conducting. This final gala concert will take place at the extraordinary Huron Tractor Showroom! Truly, music in the heart of the community!

Bach Music Festival of Canada
July 14 – 20 2013
Exeter Ontario Canada
An Inspiring Season of Music!

Full details about the Bach Music Festival of Canada are found on our website www.bachfestival.ca. And you can always join us on Face book.

Photos, Interviews and Quotes available by contacting the Festival at 519 235-2565 ext 223; or by email at bachmusicfestival@bellnet.ca


A Medieval Musical Feast fit for a King’s Birthday!

Well, it started with a Fanfare, followed by a PIG fit for Royalty – and that was just the first 15 minutes! Great food, wonderful friendships, silly antics, fundraising, all for the Bach Festival of Canada. The photos say it all! Check out the photos posted in the Photos Page of our website (just a sneak peak of what’s to come!) and visit our FACEBOOK PAGE for more candids uploaded by the wonderful guests of the Medieval Musical Feast!

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BachMusicFestivalOfCanada

There are just a few tickets left for the FIRST Event of the Season, the Medieval Musical Feast! Saturday March 23rd there will be Food, Music, Drink, Friendship, Antics, Surprises – a great way to kick start the Festival season! The Feast is prepared by Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service, Devin Tabor Chef.

SILENT AUCTION  –   Cash Bar –  Entertainment!


Roast of Metzger’s Beef with Gravy
Metzger’s Pork & Apple Sauce- the Head as pièce montée
Tarragon Brined Hayter’s Turkey Breast with Honey & Dijon
Smashed Potatoes with Roast Garlic & Cream
Roast Root Vegetables
Greens & Medieval Shallot Vinaigrette
Slices of Dark Bread & whipped Butter Pots
Dessert: Mulled Spiced Wine & Carmel Bread Pudding
(A Ragout of Lentils, Veggies & Herbs will be provided as a vegetarian option)

This Event is Generously Sponsored by:


VeriFine Exeter Produce

Alma Weslake

Ellen Shapiro


Pinedale Motor Inn – Silent Auction

Ellison Tour and Travel

Quilts and Calicos

Jennard Cheese

The Jewellery Box

Bon Vivant

Cinnamon Jim

Lynn Ogryzlo

The Purple Turtle

Wally Pfaff

Brentwood on the Beach

Wuerth’s Shoes

Selah Family Book Store

Ruth Anne Merner


Sugar and Spice

Tickets are available at  Ellison Tour and Travel, Godbolt Ciufo Insurance and Financial Services, and at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketscene.ca , by calling 519 235-2565 or through any Bach Festival Board Member!Layout 1