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.
Please join us at the Rock on Locke for a second season of fantastic early music concerts!

The season gets under way with an appearance by the Eybler string quartet. These Tafelmusik musicians will give us a preview of their next commercial recording:  the quartets of Vanhall.

Later in the month, Burning River Baroque, an exciting ensemble from Cleveland, Ohio, presents a programme of Italian songs of adoration, desire, and remorse.

In October, Hammer Baroque's ensemble in residence, Capella Intima, will sing a programme pairing English madrigals from the late 16th century with part songs and glees from the 18th. (*warning: language!*)

Other events this season include a violin extravaganza, featuring some of Toronto's finest baroque players in a programme of Bach unaccompanied sonatas and partitas; a Canadian debut recital by a rising star countertenor from the United States; a visit from the Spiritus Ensemble from Kitchener​​​​​​​​, performing Bach cantatas with orchestra; and...fingers crossed...a potential return visit from the world-renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra!

Capella Intima will also be presenting two very entertaining concerts later in the season- both made possible by the continued support of the Ontario Arts Council:  A Venetian madrigal comedy by Banchieri, with masks, projections, and a few surprises;  and a CD Release concert for our debut recording on the Musica Omnia label, of sacred-yet-saucy canzonettas from Northern Italy.

As always, regular concert admission is by suggested donation, and all proceeds (after expenses) are passed on directly to the artists. Please be generous!​​​​ 

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And, finally, if you would like to know more about the performers, you can find them right here:​​​​​​​​
If you missed the last Hammer Baroque concert featuring Capella Intima, have a listen to these two well-known excerpts from the programme:

Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me"​
John Farmer's "Fair Phyllis"​​​​
Please join Hammer Baroque in welcoming some of Canada's finest
​early music performers ​to the stage of the Rock on Locke in 2016!

Saturday, January 30th​​, 4pm:       "Viva Caledonia!" Scottish Baroque music for Robbie Burns Day
                                                                                                                                Featuring Alison Melville, recorder; Margaret Gay, cello; Julia Seager-Scott, triple harp.

Saturday, February 13th, 4pm:     A Bach Violin Extravaganza!  Six baroque violinists have engaged in a six-year exploration of Bach's solo                                                                                                                                sonatas and    partitas.  Julia Wedman, Patricia Ahern, Cristina Zacharias, Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Michelle    Odorico and Valerie Gordon.

Saturday, March 19th, 4pm:   Toronto's vocal octet Opus 8 performs a programme of English and German baroque favourites

Saturday, April 9th, 4pm:   The Spiritus Ensemble (Kitchener-Waterloo) performs Bach cantatas for Easter-  20 voices with orchestra!

Wednesday, May 25th, 8pm:        Special event at Melrose United Church -  the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra​​​​​​​​ brings Alison McKay's                                                                                                                                                latest    creation,  "Tales of Two Cities:  The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House"

Saturday, May 28th​​, 2pm:   Montreal lutenist Sylvain Bergeron, in recital at the Rock on Locke.

June, 2016:  ​​​ Capella Intima presents an original programme based on the memoirs of English travelers to seventeenth-century Italy.                                                                        Canzonettas and arias  from Venice to the alps!

​​This spectacular lineup of artists has been made possible by your enthusiastic support of the Hammer Baroque series!  Please continue to help spread the word.  Send an email to to receive monthly concert updates, and  be sure to "like"  our Facebook page.   

Six of Canada's finest baroque violinists have engaged in a six-year project to each perform Bach's challenging and awe-inspiring Partitas and Sonatas for Violin Solo. 

To read more about this repertoire, click here to be directed to the Musica Omnia website, which has recently released Stanley Ritchie's (Violin professor at Indiana University, whose students include some of the soloists next weekend!) brilliant recording. ​​

Just over two hours of inspiring music for solo violin, presented on the brand new concert stage in the intimate and acoustically rewarding Rock on Locke.​​
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!

​​                      ``Get Out of the House!!!``

Johann Baptist Vanhal, String Quartet op. 6 #3 in C major

Vanhal, String Quartet op. 6 ​​#1 in F major

​Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet op 18. #6 in B flat major

​The whimsical title refers to the migration, at the beginning of the 19th century, of chamber music from the drawing room to the public stage.
The workspace at the Cotton Factory is a beautiful venue for an afternoon of chamber music. Doors open at 3:30 for those who want to claim the cozy chairs!

             Suggested Donation:  $15​​

The Eybler String Quartet