ENSEMBLES


Since 2007 the Early Music Studio has created five ensembles, the Collegium Musicum, the La Tour Baroque Duo, the Academy of Saint John, Ensemble 18c. and the Carleton Quartet.

Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum was formed in 2008 as an instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of 17th and 18th century music on period instruments. Its members are all professional musicians based in New Brunswick. It performs at the Saint John Early Music Festival and presents concerts in Saint John and elsewhere at other times of the year as part of the Festival’s outreach to the community. The Collegium's members are Tim Blackmore (harpsichord & recorder) and Hok Kwan and Katherine Moller (baroque violins).










La Tour Baroque Duo (www.latourduo.com)
The La Tour Baroque Duo (Tim Blackmore, harpsichord & recorder; Michel Cardin, lute & theorbo) was formed in 2009. Since then the Duo has performed throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and has presented concerts in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Paris and London. The Duo’s four CDs have garnered critical acclaim in North America and Europe. Visit the Duo’s website at www.latourduo.com for videos and detailed information.



Academy of Saint John
The Academy of Saint John, a string ensemble of local performers playing modern instruments with baroque bows, was formed in 2014 to act as a chamber orchestra for the Saint John Early Music Festival. It made its début at the 2015 Festival. For the 2017 Festival the Academy's members are Katherine Moller and Ali Leonard (violins), Stephen Mott (viola), Michael De Pasquale (cello) and Wai-chung Kwan (harpsichord).










Ensemble 18c.
Ensemble 18c. was created in 2015 as an outreach project of the Saint John Early Music Festival. Its mission is to bring 18th century music to the community, presenting programs performed on period instruments in any location suitable for three musicians to set up and be heard. The Ensemble’s repertoire covers the entire 18th century from Baroque composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi to Classical masters like Haydn and Mozart. Its members are Tim Blackmore (recorder), Katherine Moller (baroque violin) and Robert Lewis (baroque bassoon). Ensemble 18c. gives regular performances in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton and has provided educational programs for the Sackville Festival of Early Music. Click here to view the Ensemble 18c. flyer.









Carleton Quartet 
The Carleton Quartet was formed in 2016 to perform the substantial duo, trio and quartet repertoire from the period 1760-1800 composed for various combinations of flute, violin, viola, violoncello and harpsichord. The ensemble is named for Thomas Carleton (1735-1817), the first Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. Its members are Tim Blackmore (recorder & harpsichord), Hok Kwan (violin), Stephen Mott (viola) and Katie Bestvater (cello).