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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Welcome to the 2016-17 season of Hammer Baroque!

The remaining months of 2016 are full of excellent concerts, presented by some of Canada`s finest artists in historically-informed performance.

Saturday, September 3rd:  The Eybler Quartet returns, with a programme of Beethoven and Vanhal. See details below! (Note that this concert takes place at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman St. North)​​

Saturday, October 1st:  This event is not strictly a Hammer Baroque concert, but it does feature the resident ensemble Capella Intima, performing a short CD release concert of selections from their new recording of sacred canzonettas on the Musica Omnia label.  ​​you can hear selections from the recording session here.

Saturday, October 8th:  The return of Alison Melville, leading the ACTA recorder quartet, featuring the music of Boismortier, J.S. Bach, and Mozart.

Sunday, November 13th, 4pm:  A very special event-  The Toronto Consort presents ``The Italian Queen of France:  The musical legacy of Catherine de Medici``.  This performance comes to Hammer Baroque through the generous sponsorship of Michael and Catherine Clase.​​​​

Saturday, December 3rd:  The voices and instruments of Ensemble Alloro and the Rezonance Ensemble (Montreal and Toronto) present a beautiful musical journey from Advent to Christmas entitled ``Stella di Natale``, featuring Baroque favourites and traditional carols.​​
CULTURE DAYS AT THE ROCK ON LOCKE!

Saturday, October 1st, Hammer Baroque joins with the Rock on Locke in presenting three Hamilton ensembles in Open Rehearsals and mini-concerts. 

3pm-4pm -  The Bach Elgar Choir in Open Rehearsal with Artistic Director Alexander Cann.  www.BachElgar.com

4pm-5pm -   Capella Intima, the ensemble-in-residence at Hammer Baroque, launches their debut CD on the Musica Omnia label!  

5pm-6pm - Azuline Duo  ​f
eatures award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar). 

For a preview of Capella Intima`s cd, please visit www.CapellaIntima.com​​
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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. 
Saturday, December 3rd, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke.


The December issue of The Wholenote magazine raves:  ​
​​``​Flawless intonation, excellent diction and infectious enthusiasm (including strummed guitar) mark the group as a major contributor to the Baroque music scene``.  

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Hammer Baroque`s resident ensemble, Capella Intima, has released their debut CD on the Boston-based Musica Omnia label.


Canada's premiere Renaissance ensemble presents the only Ontario performance of
​"Shakespeare's Songbook"​,
Saturday, October 7th, 4pm, at the Rock on Locke. Sponsored by Michael and Catherine Clase.​
Many thanks to Peter McCabe and Rhoda Hassmann for their generous sponsorship of the Cor Unum Ensemble.​​



Saturday, June 2nd, 2:30pm
Capella Intima at the Cotton Factory!


In collaboration with the Gallery Players of Niagara and the Nota Bene Baroque Players, we present Scarlatti's youthful opera "Folly in Love". This concert performance helps to kick off Hamilton Arts Week celebrations at the Cotton Factory on Sherman Avenue North, and provides the perfect setting for a fast-paced comic opera from the Italian baroque. Presented with projected translations, and generously supported by the City Enrichment Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Peter McCabe and Rhoda Hassmann.​​​​​​​​
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Saturday, May 19th, 4pm at the Rock on Locke!
Musicians on the Edge presents ​​*Jazz Standards of the Seventeenth Century*


A return performance of the ground-breaking Toronto debut of this innovative ensemble!
Baroque and Renaissance musicians, like modern jazz performers, needed to create variations on the popular standards of the day. Musicians on the Edge joins Rezonance Baroque Ensemble to sing and play ground basses, lute songs, and madrigals with the freedom, invention, and unpredictability of modern club performers.

Music by Monteverdi, Campion, du Bailly, Dowland and more!

Emily Klassen, soprano; Charles Davidson, tenor:, Rezan Onen-Oapointe, violin, Erika Nielsen, cello; Dave Podgorski, harpsichord; and Benjamin Stein, lutes.

See the Wholenote Magazine interview with
​Musicians on the Edge founder Benjamin Stein.