Concert of 100 Candles

7 12 2008

Last night we went to our second concert at St John’s Anglican Church since coming to Lunenburg. The last one was an excellent Baroque Concert with the Symphony Nova Scotia playing Vivaldi, Albinoni, Handel and Bach. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and thought we were truly lucky, not just to listen to such a fine performance but to sit in the spectacular setting of this very fine Church in Lunenburg.

My photo of St. John's

My photo of St. John's

In 2001 a catastrophe hit this church, when it was destroyed by fire on Halloween. A Restoration Committee was set up and amazingly the church has now been restored to its original glory. You can see the history of the church and its restoration at this site. You can even see the sad photos of the fire.

Last night’s performance was by the Sanctuary Trio, with Peter Togni on the pipe organ, Jeff Reilly playing the bass clarinet,Christoph Both on the cello and the Peter Togni Singers. They played some music that was recognizable, such as ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, but many pieces were their own compositions. Jeff Reilly’s playing was haunting in this setting, Christoph Both used the bow and his fingers to produce sounds I’ve never heard on a cello and Peter Togni is a master of the pipe organ. You can find out more about them at

I am no music student but this was an amazing experience . I see that the Sanctuary Trio have produced CD’s, so I might treat myself for Christmas.

We look forward to the next concert with Sanctuary.




One response

6 03 2009

you make it sound very inviting Jackie, Louise told me about it and how lovely the church is. will have to visit on hols.

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