Tim Blackmore – Recorder & Harpsichord 1973

Tim Blackmore at harpsichord 1

Recorder player and harpsichordist Tim Blackmore has received praise in Canada and abroad as a musician of ‘undaunted enterprise, formidable technical powers and lyrical expressiveness’ (London Daily Telegraph). A graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire (Premier Prix, Piano), the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London (AGSM, Piano and Clarinet; Concert Diploma, Piano), he also possesses degrees in French Linguistics and in Education from the University of Toronto and the University of New Brunswick.

Tim Blackmore founded the La Tour Baroque Duo with internationally-renowned lutenist Michel Cardin in 2009. Since that time the Duo has performed throughout eastern Canada and in major centres such as Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris and New York. The Duo has released three CDs to critical acclaim in Canada, the USA and Europe and all three recordings were nominated for East Coast Music Awards. A fourth CD will be released in the autumn of 2015.

As the founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, Blackmore has acted as advisor on Baroque repertoire for Symphony New Brunswick, with whom he has toured as soloist.

For more information, visit www.earlymusicstudio.ca  and www.latourduo.co


My participation in the Festival was an important stepping-stone towards my career as a professional musician. It provided performing experience under pressure, and winning Star of the Festival opened doors to performing opportunities, such as my first tour as soloist with a professional orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony. Perhaps the greatest benefit the Festival can give to a participant is the confidence to continue working towards one’s goals.

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The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra played in Saint John Sunday for its only concert date of the season in the region.

For many of the musicians, playing in one’s own backyard is particularly rewarding.

Elizabeth Trecartin of Quispmasis is one of 15 musicians from the Saint John area.

“It’s a nice feeling to be home and to be able to play for your own community and to show them that there are people from their community who can play this music,”said the Grade 11 student at Kennebecasis Valley High School.

“It feels like an honour to me to be able to do that.” Continue reading

‘Music lady’ honoured for volunteer work

bettyby Carolyn Thompson

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal
SAINT JOHN – Betty Angevine says when she’s out and about in Saint John, she still sometimes hears a child say, “Look – there’s the music lady.”
After more than 65 years being involved with the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music, she says she sees herself that way, too.
Angevine was just presented the New Brunswick Volunteer of the Year award from the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.
“I was absolutely honoured. I’m really thrilled,” the 73-year-old said, sitting at a table in the library of St. Mark’s United Church, where she has been running the piano portion of the festival for years.
“It’s a big job and volunteers are hard to come by and I know that I can count on Betty,” said Nadine Lane, the festival administrator who put Angevine’s name forward for the award.
Angevine first started playing piano at six years old. She would take the streetcar all by herself from Manawagonish Road to uptown, and then walked right down Germain Street. She said she can recall climbing the steep stairs up to her teacher’s studio.
“Oh my gosh, she was strict. She was so strict,” Angevine said. She used to practise for a half-hour each day and kept her nails trimmed short for every lesson.
Angevine said her mother, who was a violinist in the first New Brunswick Orchestra in Saint John, wanted her to take the piano lessons.
“I loved it from the beginning,” she said, adding that classical music always appealed to her. “I just love the sound of it. The softness.”
Angevine competed in the music festival from six years old until she was 17. She missed one year while she went away to study. When she returned, she began to volunteer at the festival.
At the time, it was a single-day event held at Saint John High School.
The volunteers used to make coffee in a small room at the back of the school. Angevine said they nicknamed it “festival mud.”
“It just never worked out the way it was supposed to,” she said with a laugh. “And it was potent as bejeebers.”
She used to run the number board, where children could see when they were to go on. As the festival grew, Angevine took on greater roles, eventually joining the executive and becoming the administrator.
“After that I just ran the place, didn’t I?” she said to Lane with a laugh.
Angevine has volunteered with the festival for more than 55 years, and been a part of it for more than 65. She’s seen it progress from a single day event in one location to a two-week, seven-venue event. She’s helped numerous children through nerves and poor performances, and greeted them when they came back from studies or time away.
“Your heart just aches for them,” she said. “I’ve had kids walk off the stage crying, I’ve had kids bang the door.” She said, adding she’s also had to deal with upset parents after performances.
Over the years, she said she’s learned what it takes for a child to do well: practice.
“Practice, practice, practice,” she said. Her strict music teacher taught her to keep time so well that Angevine said she can always tell if a performance is speeding up or lagging behind.
Angevine herself has not been too much of a performer – she taught piano for 14 years after she was married, and then gave Royal Conservatory of Music exams from her home.
But she said she gets nervous performing in front of people, just like some of the children she has worked with at the festival.
She said the event has helped bring out many talented Saint John musicians.
“We’ve had good, good musicians basically because of this festival,” she said. Many leave to pursue their studies or music careers.
“When they come back, and they say, ‘Oh, hey music lady,’ it gives me a thrill,” she said.
The New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music will be held next year from April 22 to May 4.