The Early Music Studio has five ensembles, Collegium Musicum, the La Tour Baroque Duo, Ensemble 18c., the Carleton Chamber Players and the Esterháza Duo.
The Collegium Musicum was formed in 2008 as an instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of 17th and 18th century music on period instruments. Originally comprised only of New Brunswick performers, the Collegium now also includes guest artists from outside the province who come to perform at the Saint John Early Music Festival.
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.
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 Chamber Players
The Carleton Chamber Players is named for Thomas Carleton (1735-1817), the first Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. The ensemble was formed in 2016 to perform chamber music repertoire from the period 1760-1800 composed for various combinations of flute, string instruments, harpsichord and piano. The membership of the Carleton Chamber Players is drawn from the pool of Saint John area classical musicians working under the direction of Tim Blackmore (recorder, harpsichord & square piano) and varies in number depending on the repertoire being performed. The Chamber Players also functions as a chamber orchestra for the Saint John Early Music Festival each May.
The Esterháza Duo was formed in 2018 by Tim Blackmore (square piano) and Timi Levy (violin) to perform the enormous late 18th- century repertoire of works for piano and violin composed by Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries. It takes its name from the Palace of Esterháza in Hungary where Joseph Haydn worked as Kapellmeister for Prince Nicolaus Esterházy from 1761 to 1790.