Winter 2022 Message

Happy New Year from all of us at Waterloo Chamber Players! We hope this new year finds everyone safe and well. We miss playing together and sharing our music with audiences but we have greatly appreciated the support of our friends, family, sponsors, and community to help the orchestra through this difficult time for the arts.

We were hoping that 2022 would bring a return to live concerts but it seems we will need to wait a little bit longer. Given the current lockdown and public safety guidelines, our winter concert, scheduled for Feb. 26th at Knox Presbyterian Church, has been cancelled. 

On the afternoon of May 8, 2022 at the Victoria Park Pavilion, we are planning to present our spring concert, All Good Things – A Farewell Concert with the generous support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the City of Kitchener. This concert will include a performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony – yes, the one with the beautiful slow, second movement used in the movie The King’s Speech! Postponed from the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic, this concert also features our principal conductor since 2011, Ben Bolt Martin, in the premiere of his own cello concerto, Among Friends. This concert is our farewell tribute to Ben, who is moving on to other musical endeavours. We wish him all the best! Beethoven Symphony #7 at the Concertgebouw.

Please continue to check our website for more details as the year progresses.

Thank you once again for your support! We hope to see you safely in person again in the spring of 2022!

And…in case you missed this:

During the 2020-21 season, although at home because of COVID19, Waterloo Chamber Players produced several videos – a performance of Ashokan Farewell, recorded by our musicians at home with video production by Greg Holloway; several videos by small ensembles from within WCP; and a performance of the Coda from Ben Bolt Martin’s cello concerto, Among Friends, with video production by Chestnut Hall Music, made possible due to generous donations from our members and supporters. 

If you missed seeing these performances, or would enjoy watching them again, here are the links:
Ashokan Farewell Video
Coda Video 

In the fall of 2021, we completed a new and exciting project with the talented singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Ian Tanner. Ian has been sharing his music live on Facebook over the course of the pandemic – catch him on Thursday Night Live each week at 6:30 p.m. Ian, and the members of our orchestra, recorded our parts individually at home, and Greg Holloway, one of our WCP musicians, produced the videos. Please enjoy Ian’s two wonderful arrangements of Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel. Thank you to Greg, to our soloist, Ian Tanner, and to all our musicians who participated.
Here Comes the Sun Video
Homeward Bound Video

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