All concerts take place at the Rock on Locke -
​St. John the Evangelist Church, ​320 Charlton W., Hamilton, ON
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The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra came to Hamilton for an unforgettable performance of some of their core repertoire last Wednesday night. If you weren't one of the lucky ticket-holders for this event, don't worry-  they will be back!

The ministry and volunteers at the Rock on Locke, the Hammer Baroque volunteers, ​​and Venue Director Steve McKay helped everything run smoothly, even when the church was filled to capacity. And the orchestra, of course, played beautifully.  Under the direction of guest soloist Catherine Manson of the London Haydn Quartet, we heard the music of Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann played with the precision and conviction that has made Tafelmusik an ensemble of international renown. We wish them all the best on their future Ontario tour dates, and thank them sincerely for making Hammer Baroque a part of their touring season.


Here are two excerpts from Capella Intima`s recent programme of madrigals​​, presented in 2015:

Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me"​


​John Farmer's "Fair Phyllis"​​​​
Many thanks to HAMMER BAROQUE patrons for making the Tafelmusik concert such a great success!

The Globe and Mail`s Robert Harris called this programme ``phenominally inspired`` music-making, and judging by the reaction on May 25th, Hamilton audiences heartily agreed!  Tafelmusik has our deepest gratitude for sharing this beautiful programme.


The 2016-17 season at HAMMER BAROQUE kicks off with a return visit from the Eybler String Quartet, Saturday, September 3rd, 4pm, with a twist-  this concert takes place in the new arts space at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Street North. Comfortable seating, easy parking, and wonderful acoustics for Beethoven are just a few reasons to check out this major hub of the Hamilton arts renaissance!

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HAMMER BAROQUE Artistic Director Bud Roach spoke with Alison Melville at length recently, about her career in early music, and her life-long devotion to the recorder and historical flutes. 
Past Concerts
To our loyal and generous Hammer Baroque patrons:

There are no new words to describe the loss we are experiencing during these difficult days, but you can be sure that we will meet again, and great early music performances will continue in Hamilton at the Rock on Locke.

In the interim, Hammer Baroque's ensemble in residence, Capella Intima, is proud to present the premiere recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's first opera, "Gli equivoci nel sembiante". Those who heard the work in concert may recall our English title of "Folly in Love", as well as the sophistication, wit, and lyrical gifts displayed by the young Scarlatti in this little-known opera.

Howard Dyck writes in the Waterloo Music Times
​"The performance is first-class in every way. The singing...is impassioned, stylish, with impreccable intonation and flawless diction...must listening for any interested in the Historical Performance Movement."​​​

To order this $25 Double CD, please write to hammerbaroque@gmail.com, and arrangements will be made for payment and delivery.

Special thanks to the financial supporters of this recording, including the City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Paul Grimwood and Central Presbyterian Church, and patrons Peter McCabe and Rhoda Hassmann.

And for those who would welcome ​​a more immediate offering from Capella Intima, be sure to listen to the Harmonia early music podcast from Indiana Public Radio playing excerpts from our debut disc of Italian canzonettas.