Two Westminster Concerts in February at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity has added two Westminster Concerts to its February programming. Inspired, once again, by London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy and Cultural Institutes Series, the cathedral offers concerts organized in partnership with diplomatic missions located in Quebec City and Ottawa. Admission is free, but voluntary contributions are gathered at the end of the concerts.

The inaugural concert honours of 2018 will go to the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa and will feature Trio Immersio on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.

The following week, on Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., the Ensemble Pentaèdre, the Honorary Vice-Consulate of Spain in Quebec City and the General Consulate of France in Quebec City will jointly present the Quintette à vent de Marseille (Marseille Woodwind Quintet).

Trio Immersio is a young, charismatic string ensemble from Vienna, Austria. Since its first season in 2013, the group has enjoyed success and a warm reception from audiences. Trio members from the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Serbia bring together musical influences of their homelands that blend organically with the Viennese tradition of chamber music playing.

Founded in 1987 by five soloists from the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quintette à vent de Marseille was born out of the desire to share the extensive woodwind quintet repertoire and to highlight this musical ensemble, which is often not well known to the general public. As a part of this initiative, the five musicians created the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition and the International Woodwind Quintet Biennale, both of which are unique in the world.

Why call them Westminster Concerts?

The name refers to the 1931 Act designed to give effect to resolutions adopted at the 1926 and 1930 Imperial Conferences, also known as the Statute of Westminster. This law allowed Canada’s sovereignty to be recognized, thereby conferring it all powers in the conduct of its own international relations. The title is also a nod to the City of Westminster, where Westminster Abbey is located. The church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is located in this historic district of London, and furthermore, is Buckingham Palace’s official parish.

Having initiated a decidedly musical shift at the beginning of 2015, the Cathedral’s ambition is now to become nothing less than the St. Martin-in-the-Fields of Quebec City!