The festival features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, but also by other composers too.
For tickets and full details about the event and its concerts, visit the official Vancouver Bach Festival website.
Vancouver Bach Festival
Presented by Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Bach Festival is an exploration of traditional music. Each year the festival has a different theme. In 2022 it’s “Scottish Baroque and Other Traditions”.
Celebrating its 6th year in 2022, the Vancouver Bach Festival runs from July 26th until August 6th. Performances feature a fusion of traditional Scottish music and Baroque masters. There are 13 concerts and 2 special events in 2022. All events take place in-person at a variety of venues.
2022 Schedule of Events
The schedule for the 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival as of late May is listed below. Afternoon concerts run for about 1 hour. Evening concerts, meanwhile, run for up to about 2 hours. Exact times and details, however, may vary.
Tuesday, July 26th
- Rondeau – EMV’s 2022 fundraising event takes place at the Sage Bistro at the University of British Columbia. The formal event begins at 6:00 pm and features a dinner, performance and live auction hosted by former CBC host Bill Richardson. Regular admission costs $275 per person and reserving a table for 8 people costs about $1800.
Wednesday, July 27th
- Ebb and Flow – the festival’s opening concert is held at 7:30 pm at the Chan Centre which is located at 6265 Crescent Road in Vancouver. The event features Fiona T, Lam, Alexander Weimann, David McGuinness and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This evening’s performances celebrate water. Early-bird tickets range from about $21 to $63.
For tickets and the festival’s official website visit earlymusic.bc.ca.
Thursday, July 28th
- A Curious Collection of Tunes – a concert with traditional music from Scotland, Europe and Scandinavia as well as current folk compositions. Featured artists include David Greenberg, Kirsty Money and David McGuinness. The show takes place at 1:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral located at 690 Burrard Street. General admission costs up to about $24.
- Resounding Hildegard: Echoes of the Abbess in the Present Day – an Ensemble Arkora performance with special guest Lan Tung. The concert starts at 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral and offers new and old works with an emphasis on Hildegard von Bingen. Tickets cost between about $18 and $60.
Friday, July 29th
- The Last Rose of Summer – an inspiring performance of Beethoven and both Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn’s works by Pierre-Antoine Tremblay and Alexander Weimann. This show is held at the Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. The concert begins at 1:00 in the afternoon and early bird tickets cost up to $24.
- Les Nations – taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, this concert is a show by Contrasto Armonico and Marco Vitale. The performance starts at 7:30 pm and features the L’Impériale and L’Espagnole instrumental works. Admission costs between about $18 and $60.
Tuesday, August 2nd
- From The Court of Louis XIV to Shippagan – contrasting performances of Acadian folk songs and ‘airs de cour’ from France, performed by Suzie LeBlanc, Vincent Lauzer, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay and Sylvain Bergeron. The concert begins at 1:00 in the afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. General admission costs up to about $24 each.
- Armonico Tributo – the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme performs the Georg Muffat piece with hints of French, Italian and Scottish sounds. The concert takes place at Christ Church Cathedral starting at 7:30 pm. Admission costs between about $18 and $60.
Wednesday, August 3rd
- The Next Generation: Baroque Innovations – a concert by Ellen Torrie, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay and Sylvain Bergeron at Pyatt Hall which is located at 843 Seymour Street. This concert showcases emerging musicians as they pay tribute to classic pieces by Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Henry Purcell and J.H. Schmelzer. The show starts at 1:00 pm and tickets cost up to about $24.
- Fiddle & Figs Pub Night – a fun night at The Wolf & Hound pub which is located at 3167 West Broadway. The event starts at 7:00 pm and features food, drinks and live music from Scotland, Sweden and other regions.
Thursday, August 4th
- Bach & Tunes – Multiple Voices for One – a concert featuring solo violin and folk-style performances by David Greenberg. The music begins at 1:00 in the afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. General admission costs up to about $24 per person.
- Out of the Deep – the second show at Christ Church Cathedral starts at 7:30 pm. This concert is directed by Jonathan Adams and Chloe Kim and features ‘fantastical style’ music from a dark time in Italy. Tickets cost between about $18 and $60.
Friday, August 5th
- Bach: Four Sonatas and a Concerto – a program full of Bach’s pieces performed by Chloe Kim, Christina Mahler and Avi Stein. The concert takes place at Christ Church Cathedral and begins at 1:00 pm. General admission costs up to about $24 per person.
- Bach Kaleidoscope/Reimaginations – a concert featuring Bach’s adaptations of other composers through performances by Alexander Weimann, Christina Hutten, David McGuinness, Marco Vitale, Chloe Myers and David Greenberg. The event is held at the Chan Centre at 6265 Crescent Road in Vancouver. Tickets cost between $21 and $63.
Saturday, August 6th
- Tea-Table Miscellany – a special event held at noon at VanDusen Botanical Garden. It features Scottish songs performed by Ellen Torrie, Isaiah Bell and more. It is directed by David McGuinness. General admission costs up to about $40 per person.
For tickets and full details visit the official Vancouver Bach Festival website.
The Vancouver Bach Festival is presented by Early Music Vancouver (EMV). The performing arts organization is one of the largest in all of North America. EMV has been a big part of Metro Vancouver’s cultural scene for over 50 years. The team hosts over 40 events each year, much to the delight of music-lovers in Metro Vancouver.
EMV presents artists from different parts of the world to local audiences. The organization also produces its own shows with their in-house band, known as the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. EMV tends to focus on music from the Baroque times in the 1800s.
The music organization hosts both online and in-person concerts throughout most of the year. For a full list of upcoming events presented by the EMV, click Early Music Events.
For more information about the festival and to buy tickets now, visit the official Vancouver Bach Festival website.
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- Choirs and Music in Vancouver
- Vancouver Bach Choir
- Vancouver Shows and Entertainment
- Lower Mainland Festivals and Events
(*) Photo Credits – The above photos of musicians are by the following photographers: David Greenberg (by JB Millot), David McGuinness (by Alex Woodward), Christina Mahler (by Sian Richards), Vincent Lauzer (by Julien Faug), Marco Vitale (by Mike Van Santvoord), Suzie LeBlanc (by Mark Mushet), and Sylvain Bergeron (by Guillaume D. Cyr)