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 Une Célébration Française Impressions (2018-04-29)

(Courtesy Gretel Harmston) 


The Ottawa Brahms Choir

Spring Concert

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Une Célébration Française
Music includes excepts of 'Cantate pour une joie' by Pierre Mercure,
with soprano soloist, Cara Gilbertson-Boese, and
works by Gabriele Fauré, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, Morten Lauridsen and others. 
Location : St. Thomas the Apostle Church
 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
3:00 p.m. 


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Design: Marcela Pauckova

The Advent Season brings joyful sounds and songs.

The Ottawa Brahms Choir sang with heart and soul, in festive atmosphere, their Christmas concert 2017,  under the direction of Music Director Christopher Askwith, and accompanist Svetlana Logigan.  St. Thomas the Apostle Church was beautifully decorated in anticipation of Christmas. We contributed and participated in a wonderful program of Christmas works, selected by music director Christopher Askwith, among them, his own composition ‘Ave Maria’. The audience got to sing some of the favourite Christmas songs. Svetlana treated us to ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ from the Nutcracker by P.I. Tchaikovsky, arrangement by Sergei Taneyev.

At the reception many guests expressed their appreciation of the concert while enjoying lovely treats and drinks on beautifully laid out tables.

Thank you Christopher, choristers, and ringers: Kurt Ala-Kantti, supporting the Basses, and Luigi Carlo Petro, supporting the Tenors.

Thanks to amazing President Roxane Roy and board members for their dedicated support and generosity, thanks to all  volunteers for making time to come out and assist in duties, , with special mentioning of Nanci Askwith for selling tickets at the church office and  for all her voluntary support with husband Michael.

And a very special thanks to choir member and artist Marcela Pauckova for creating the Ottawa Brahms Choir Christmas 2017 poster and program. Program Notes were prepared by Dr. Ken Currie.

And finally, thanks to Don MacLaren for a fine recording of our concert.

The Ottawa Brahms Choir acknowledges with thanks and appreciation the media and sponsors, ticket outlets, for their loyal support.  They have been listed in our Christmas concert program 2017.  Also a big  thank you to Leo Heistek who together with Elisabeth Salm keep the webpage up-to-date.

G. H.




The Ottawa Brahms Choir

Spring Concert

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Design: Marcela Pauckova

The Ottawa Brahms Choir and Harmonia Choir of Ottawa present a joint concert 'Canada 150'. 
Presenting music from across the country, both serious and light-hearted, and featuring the premiere of a brand new arrangement of Ontario's own Wade Hemsworth's "The Black Fly Song".
Tickets $25 at door; $20 in advance; students $10, (youth accompanying parents are free). 
Tickets at Leading Note, Compact Music, St. Thomas the Apostle Church Office, and from members of the choirs.  
For info:   Tel: 819-568-8169  or  613-833-1812. 

Location : St. Thomas the Apostle Church
 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 3:00 p.m. 

(Information subject to change) 



 ‘Celebrating Mozart’ Impressions (2016-12-04)

Mozart brought joy to the world with his music.

Ottawa Brahms Choir presented  ‘Celebrating Mozart’ – a concert of wonderful selections of compositions by Mozart and composers who impressed him   -  with heart and soul!  

Thank you, Bronwyn Thies-Thompson, for lighting up the church hall with your beautiful voice.

Svetlana, thank you for two special piano recitals and accompanying the choir with grace and accomplishment.

Thank you, Christopher for your choice of concert pieces and direction of music.

Thank you volunteers! Without you, the concert would not have been possible.

And a great thanks to the audience that turned out in good numbers, and that so generously and warmly applauded.

The reception downstairs in the church hall was festive and engaging, and the generous contributions by choir members of food and drinks was very much appreciated. A good time was had by all!

Thanks to the board members for all their efforts in preparation of the concert, and the many sponsors and the media who supported us. Thank you, Ken and Marcela for a fine programme.

Our wish for the New Year: that many new voices will join us and strengthen us.  We warmly welcome new members!




On Sunday, December 4th, at 3 pm, The Ottawa Brahms Choir,  under the direction of Christopher Askwith,  will present their

Holiday Concert

Marcela Pauckova

‘Celebrating  Mozart’

For more information call 819-568-8169.




 Ottawa Brahms Choir "Musical Adventure" Retreat, October 22, 2016

Photo Marcela Pauckova








 Ottawa Brahms Choir

Location : St. Thomas the Apostle Church
 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Sunday, April 30th, 2016, 3:00 p.m. 

Spring Concert, April. 24th, 2016 at St.Thomas
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(Courtesy Don McLaren) 


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(Courtesy Gretel Harmson, April 29, 2016

Svetlana Logigan tickling the ivories...





Ottawa Brahms Choir Week-end Retreat 

March 12-13, 2016

 Arnprior, Ontario

 (See pictures in the Picture Gallery)

Looking back...

German Ambassador, and Patron of the Ottawa Brahms Choir, drops in at our 2015 Christmas Concert! More in picture gallery...


In this photo German Ambassador Werner Wnendt (right) and his wife Dr. Eleonore Wnendt-Juber (second left) at the reception after the concert.
Also Gretel Harmston, Pubilicity Director (left) and Pegatha Taylor, singer (second right)

Patron of the Ottawa Brahms Choir, 2014-2015



On Saturday 2 pm, December 5th, 2015, the Ottawa Brahms Choir, together with the Quodlibet Choir, presented a Christmas program for residents and patients, in the chapel of the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa.


The Ottawa Brahms Choir performed highlights from their Christmas Concert, a week earlier. The Quodlibet Singers presented the audience with a preview of their upcoming concert.

 At the end the audience joined forces with the two choirs, singing traditional Christmas songs. 


The Ottawa Brahms Choir Christmas Concert on Sunday, November 29th, 2015.





On Sunday, November 29th, at 3 pm, The Ottawa Brahms Choir,  under the direction of Christopher Askwith,  will hold a special Christmas concert
‘Shepherds’ Christmas’

at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive.

The choir is entering its 35th anniversary year. 


Leading Note Music, 370 Elgin, 613-569-7888 

Compact Music, 206 Bank, 613-688-2693

Compact Music, 785A Bank, 613-233-8922

For more information call 819-568-8169.



The Ottawa Brahms Choir annual potluck will be on Friday, September 18th.

5:30 p.m. (Early birds, after 3:30 p.m.)


   Bring whatever you wish, or call me if you want to know what is already being brought. Bring a chair as I only have 4 or 5, and your own alcohol if that is what you are drinking. Bring your singing voices too as we will probably do a sing-a-long.

Address - 199 Beaudoin st. Gatineau

   Take highway 50 to the Labrosse exit, go south (right) to Maloney Blvd, (first traffic lights after railway track) turn left (east) to Achbar St. (first street after the traffic lights -  these are near a furniture store called Branchaud on the right) turn left (north) on Achbar and go right to the end where you have to make a left again, very first house is mine, beige siding, big evergreen tree and a carport.

Delphine Teillet

(Merci Delphine!)


 Annual General Meeting

 Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

 Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave

Come as you are! Bring your ideas!


Ottawa Brahms Choir Fruehlingskonzert  

‘Springtime Melodies’ -   Impressions

On a beautiful Spring Day afternoon, April 19th 2015, the Ottawa Brahms Choir presented its ‘Springtime Melodies’ concert in the sunlit St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church.   A loyal audience, among them many family members and friends, had gathered in the church to hear us.

Under the direction of Christopher Askwith and with Ioulia Blinova at the piano, the choir began its presentation of welcoming spring with Claude de Jeune’s   ‘Reveci venir du Printemps’, a delightful and challenging piece of music for the choir. 

A very spirited series of songs followed:  ‘Der Mai ist gekommen’  (E.Geibel/W.Lyra), ‘Now is the month of Maying’ (T. Morley) , ‘Die Nachtigall’ (F. Mendelssohn),  ‘Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno  (J. Arcadelt), ‘El Grillo’ (J. des Pres)  and Fair Phillis (J. Farmer) .

The beautiful and haunting ‘Chansons des Roses’ (excerpts from R.M. Rilke’s poems set into music by M. Lauridsen) ended the first part of the concert.   The attentive audience responded with warm appreciation to our efforts and presentations. 

While the choir took a rest in chairs and church benches, the stage was prepared for a special recital by our invaluable and supportive accompanists, Ioulia Blinova at the piano and Jenna Richards on violin, who presented the Violin Sonata in A major by César Franck.   They played with vitality, warmth and expertise. The audience and choir responded with thunderous, enthusiastic applause.

Our program continued with ‘Rise up, My Love’ (Healey Willan), ‘Awake, Sweet Love’ (J. Dowland) and ‘Tanzen und Springen’ (H. H. Hassler).   Then both accompanists joined the choir for Johannes Brahms’ famous ‘Liebeslieder Walzer’ (Op. 52 and 65).  The choir sang the 18 Lieder with expression and much vitality. 

The audience responded with smiles and at times with chuckles during this presentation.  At the end of the last song, they broke into enthusiastic appreciating applause.  Beaming choristers thanked the audience; flowers were presented to musicians, conductor, and Yukiko Iwasaki, our Librarian, who is moving with her family to Japan for a few years.

Conductor Christopher Askwith addressed the audience and mentioned that for 2015, the German Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Werner Wnendt, has accepted to be the patron of the Choir for its 35th anniversary year.  The audience was invited to a reception downstairs in a spirit of celebration.  The guests were greeted by beautiful decorated tables laid out with refreshments and flowers.

A very animating, elating reception took place, during which kudos were expressed by the guests. Choir members and conductor were delighted that after months of rehearsals during the long winter months the concert had gone so well.

The choir and conductor wish to express thanks to the audience, the volunteers, the media and the many sponsors for their support in making this concert a very happy, successful event.

(Review by Gretel Harmston)


 Spring Concert

 Springtime Melodies

 Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

 St. Thomas the Apostle Church

 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. 

(Design: Marcela Pauckova)

Click here for a How to Get There!

OC Transpo: Route 8 info


At the door,


 Leading Note, 370 Elgin - (613)-569-7888

 Compact Music, 206 or 785 Bank - (613) 688-2693


Ottawa Brahms Choir


Week-end Retreat 

March 14-15, 2015

Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario


 (More pictures in the Picture Gallery)

View from a room
Room with a view

Galilee Centre...



 Intrepid members of Brahms choir join in re-enactment of WW1 Christmas Truce

December 26th, 2014

"The Ottawa Brahms Choir participated in an invited event organized by the Aviation Museum to mark the WWI Christmas Truce Dec. 24th, 1914.  Since our choir was the only one to sing on the first day of the event at 1 pm on Dec. 26th,  the choir split into two groups and sang on opposite sides in our 'trenches'. The German side had little Christmas trees that were lit as we sang.  

The museum provided helmets and military hats of both sides for some choir members to wear. Visitors to the museum were invited to join either side and sing along. We sang 'Stille Nacht/Silent night, alternating on each side, 'Oh Tannenbaum' (in German and French) and 'Oh come all ye Faithfull (in Latin, English French according to personal choice).

At the end of the singing both sides cheered and moved from behind our barricades to meet in the middle and to greet, embrace and exchange gifts (chocolates).  Some singers engaged in a mock football/soccer game. It was a memorable event under the theme of reconciliation." 

(Review by G.H.)


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More pictures in the Picture Gallery


Recreation of the "Christmas Truce of 1914” / Reconstitution de la « trêve de Noël de 1914 »

The Ottawa Brahms Choir in the Ottawa Citizen
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With thanks to Gretel Harmston



  ...and thanks!

Christopher Askwith for your wonderful selections, enjoyable rehearsals and successful debut concert!

Choir for your hard work, and singing your heart(s) out!

Audience for being there and being so appreciative!

Julia Blinova for all those notes and virtuosity at the keyboard!

Jenna Richards for helping out on the piano!

Soloists Zoe Langlois, Colleen Woodhouse and Richard Langlois for your grand vocal interludes!

Sieglinde for being a pillar of strength, partner in crime and source of wisdom!

John for your diligent efforts in the financial sector!

Elisabeth for keeping the communication channels open!

Yukiko for so ably keeping track of the music!

Gretel for your publishing efforts over and above the call of duty!

Marcela for designing a beautiful and striking concert poster!

Ken Currie for designing (again) the programme notes for the concert!

Angela for taking care of the choreography!

Rosemary for coordinating the catering!

Don McLaren for recording the concert!

The volunteers for helping at the door and at the reception!

Enjoy your Holidays!

Leo Heistek, 30 November 2014, 4:45 PM


Advent-ure Concert, 30 November 2014 at St.Thomas
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 More pictures of the Christmas Concert in the Picture Gallery.



Click here to download programme


The Ottawa Brahms Choir will be on the Main Street Farmers Market on Saturday, September 6th, 8am to 1pm, recruiting new members!


Monday night, April 28th, 2014, is our Annual General Meeting / Social.

A time for celebration after another succesful season!

A time to contemplate what you would like the Ottawa Brahms Choir to be and how you could contribute to it.

Monday, April 28th,  7:00 p.m.


(Ottawa Citizen)


The Ottawa Brahms Choir
 Spring Concert, Sunday April 27th, 2014


Click here for more information about the program and performers (PDF format)

Click here for a How to Get There!

OC Transpo: Route 8 info


(Tickets at Leading Note, 370 Elgin - 613-569-7888) 




 Ottawa Brahms Choir Retreat Week-end March (14)-15-16, 2014
Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario

View from a room
Room with a view

Galilee Centre...


View from the rear


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 This years pictures...




(Click here to download pdf poster file)

The Ottawa Brahms Choir will present their 2013 Christmas Concert under the direction of Denise Hawkins at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. 

Accompanist:  Ioulia Blinova.

Sunday December 1st, 2013, 3:00 p.m. 

For further information, please contact 613-749-2391 and 819-568-8169 

(Click here for Christmas concert review by G.H.)

Christmas Concert, 1 December  2013 at St.Thomas





The Ottawa Brahms Choir will be present at the annual Main Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug 31th, in search of new members. 

The Market is held in the parking lot of Saint Paul University-corner of Main Street and Clegg. There is free parking on all the side streets in the area.

In the picture with Brahms

Join the Brahms look-a-like contest!

For further information, please contact 613-749-2391 and 819-568-8169 


The Ottawa Brahms Choir annual picnic will be Tuesday Aug. 27th.


   Bring whatever you wish, or call me if you want to know what is already being brought. Bring a chair as I only have 4 or 5, and your own alcohol if that is what you are drinking. Bring your singing voices too as we will probably do a sing-a-long.

Address - 199 Beaudoin st. Gatineau

   Take highway 50 to the Labrosse exit, go south (right) to Maloney Blvd, (first traffic lights after railway track) turn left (east) to Achbar St. (first street after the traffic lights -  these are near a furniture store called Branchaud on the right) turn left (north) on Achbar and go right to the end where you have to make a left again, very first house is mine, beige siding, big evergreen tree and a carport.

Delphine Teillet

(Merci Delphine!)


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 (From our special correspondent)

"Our concert took place yesterday afternoon on a beautiful sunny Sunday at St. Thomas the Apostle church. Our family and friends were there in full support and a happy expectant great audience had gathered to hear our songs of Spring. Under Denise Hawkins enthusiastic baton, on one occasion appearing with magnificent witche's hat, our choir sang a multitude of songs: by composers Hans Leo Hassler 'Tanzen und Springen', Robert Schumann 'Schoen Bluemelein', Johannes Brahms 'three Zigeunerlieder', Felix Mendelssohn 'Hexenlied'.

Our MC, JJ Moskau, introduced each section and deliverd historic interesting remarks, rendering anecdotes and reading from a selection of poetry inspired and dedicated to the Danube by visiting poets.

The Trio, Harold Swaffield, tenor, Laurent Fobelets (visiting from Belgium), baritone, and Joel Nordenstrom, bass, gave a marvellous performance of Mozart's composition of 'Stille Stille' and 'Freundin ich komm mit der Zither', which Dr. Kenneth Currie in his programme notes termed an expression of Mozart's raucous sense of humour, to be sung in dialect and with rowdy musical wit. The audience and choir enjoyed and loved it and responded with happy enthusiastic applause.

We continued with three Hungarian Folksongs by Matyas Seiber, which our conductor later declared to be our best performance. Vocal coach und music professor, Gloria Jean Nagy, had provided and arranged for us Zoltan Kodaly's Peace song 'Békedal' which pleased many. Also well received were the Croatian folksong 'Plovi Plovi' and Romanian folksong 'Multi Ani' - a favorite birthday song meaning 'live many years'.

A highlight was Ioulia Blinova and Rubi Jin at the piano performing Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dances (opus 46 #1, op 72 #2, and Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms (#4 and #5). An appreciating enthusiastic applause followed this spirited performance.

A former choir member, Marcella Pauckova, had provided us with three Czech songs by Vladimir Klusak which the choir sang with the best of their ability of pronouncing the Czech text; this was followed by the Swabian folk song 'Muss I denn zum Stadtele 'naus' which is known also in the repertoire of Elvis Presley's Wooden Heart and became a hit on YouTube.

The concert ended with Johann Strauss famous 'An der schoenen blauen Donau' - music of his famous waltz - (On the beautiful blue Danube) which we sang with much heart and spirit. Guest soprano Clare Jackson and guest tenor Harold Swaffield added beautifully their voices with their short solos. The audience appreciated it very much and thanked us with a long enthusiastic applause.

We all enjoyed the reception which followed where tables were filled with savouries and goodies in dishes on beautiful tableclothes. Kudos and happy remarks were received and reunions with families and friends took place.

We ended our season in an uplifting spirit. Thanks to all volunteers who turned up to be there and make the concert a success.

Thank you Denise for guiding us through this concert programme and conducting long rehearsals with great patience with much humour and spirit! Many thanks to the vocal soloists: Harold, Laurent, Joel and Clare. And many thanks to the piano virtuosos Ioulia and Ruby.

Let me add that the weekend workshop in mid March at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior with a special Sunday morning workshop with Laurence Ewashko did much to energize and prepare us for the concert.

Many thanks also to all editors for publishing our announcement in their community news, in musical calendar and events calendars, to all our sponsors and donors who supported us financially to make this concert possible.

We look forward to our next season and welcome many new members to join us!

Enjoy Spring!"


Ottawa Brahms Choir Retreat Week-end March (15)-16-17, 2013

Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario

View from a room
Room with a view


Christmas Concert

 with the Trio Pléiade and Guests  

Seasonal Music of Buxtehude, Berlioz, Rachmaninoff and Traditional Favourites



 (From our special correspondent)

The Christmas concert "In Dulci Jubilo" under the enlightened direction of Denise Hawkins took place on Sunday afternoon, the 1st of Advent, in the lovely St. Thomas the Apostle Church. While it was heavily pouring outdoors with rain, the 45 member Ottawa Brahms Choir gathered to greet the audience with its first song 'In dulci Jubilo '. The church was filled to capacity, the atmosphere was warm. An afternoon of more singing and music making followed. Denise had provided for a joyful, challenging programme of Christmas songs that included a Cantata by Dietrich Buxtehude 'Das Neugeborene Kindelein ', 'Ave Maria ' by Sergei Rachmaninoff, 'l 'Adieu des Bergers à la Sainte Famille ' by Hector Berlioz, and much more. The ladies were shining with the song 'Ein Kindlein in den Wiegen ' by D.G. Corner/Jon Kinyon, and the male choir presented with great fun 'My True Love Gave to Me". The audience joined the choir for many traditional Christmas carols in French, German and English. 


Trio Pléiade from Ottawa: Anna Baksheeva, violin, Jean-François Marquis, cello, and Ioulia Blinova at the piano, as well as violinists Brigitte Amyotte (member of Thirteen Strings) and Sean Kemp, (who has played with Academy of St. Martins in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra) accompanied the choir in its presentation of Buxtehude 's 'Das neugeborene Kindelein ' . It was a challenging piece of work well received by the audience. Trio Pléiade gave two impressive presentations of Ernest Chaussons 's compositions to which the audience responded with enthusiastic applause. Our accompanist Ioulia Blinova provided solid support throughout our singing. Dr. Daniel Ortuno-Stuehring, who sang this season in our choir, accompanied us on the organ during audience carolling. He had come to Ottawa from Weimar where he has taught Music at the Franz Liszt University of Music. At the invitation of Carleton University he has been teaching musicology at the Department of Music.

Following the concert the audience was invited graciously by Leo, our President, to the reception downstairs. Participants were greeted with festively decorated tables laid with trays of fruit, sweets, cakes, savouries, and vegetable dishes with dips. Refreshments were enjoyed by everyone. Our president, as usual, standing on a chair to address the party with good humour and wit, presented his kudos to our conductor Denise, the musicians, and the choir for a wonderful concert and thanked special choir members for various tasks fulfilled to make this concert a success. He bade farewell to those choir members who will leave us and welcomed old members who will be returning to our choir in our next season. A special chocolate birthday cake from the Peace Garden in the Market area was rolled in on a tray to surprise Board member John Williams on his forthcoming 70th birthday. Leo stood close by John as just a week earlier, the Board was invited to attend his own 70th surprise birthday bash. The cake was definitely a great hit for John and everyone. The evening came to a happy close. It was great teamworkship!

Merry Christmas to our readers and many thanks again to all our supporters, sponsors, volunteers, and the media who published our concert announcements..

Happy New Year to All!


The Ottawa Brahms Choir

 Spring Concert, Sunday April 29th, 2012

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa,  Ottawa Brahms Choir, Cross Town Youth Chorus, Ottawa Percussion Ensemble

and Soloists

Under the direction of Kurt Ala-Kantti

Tickets: $10 students, $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

 For more information call: 613-749-2391    Reservations

(From our special correspondent) 

"The Sunday afternoon concert, CARMINA BURANA by Carl Orff, under the energetic direction of Music Director Kurt Ala-Kantti with participation of happy choristers of three choirs: Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, Ottawa Brahms Choir, and Cross Town Youth Choir and guests drawn from Nepean Choir and Tone Cluster , and with the tremendous support from most accomplished, professional fine musicians and soloists from the Ottawa scene, was a great success. Cara Gilbertson, Soprano, delighted choir and audience with her wonderful nightingale-like voice. She gave a moving performance; Zachary Windus, Counter-tenor gave a good performance as roasted swan; James 0'Farrell, Baritone was amazing in his wide range of vocal strength. They delighted the audience no end. Two consummate pianists at two pianos, keeping a sharp eye on the direction of the conductor: Joanne Moorcroft and Ioulia Blinova. The percussionists were tops, very professional, very in tune and tempo with the conductor's direction. They were Alvaro de Minaya, Angel Araos, Alec Joly Pavelich, and Owen Stanton-Kennedy. Kurt really was lucky and convincing to get such fine soloists and musicians to join our concert and support us.

You had to be in the Church Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle, where every seat was taken and people had to stand or sit on stairs leading up to the balcony, squeeze into benches, to witness the reaction of the audience when the haunting last notes of 'Oh Fortuna' had ended. A spontaneous, enthusiastic thunder of applause erupted, everyone rose to their feet in acclamation! The wonderful appreciation of the audience for a good performance of all three choirs - the male chorus stands out, they had the most difficult part - under Kurt's direction was so gratifying. I would like to add that the Ottawa Brahms Choir conducted many hours of rehearsals under the wise direction of Denise Hawkins, who has accepted the position as our new conductor. Furthermore, that we were thrilled to take part in a workshop with Lisette Canton, Artistic Director of the Ottawa Bach Choir, prior to the concert date. And last but not least, that Cross Town Youth Choir under the direction of Kurt Ala-Kantti won Gold medal during the Kiwanis Music Festival Competition.

Remembering the applause, the enormous energy of the conductor to draw every note out of us…. the singing of the various choral parts, to be part of such an event is truly gratifying and enriching.

It was a memorable afternoon."



 Sounds of



The Ottawa Brahms Choir with guest choir Cross Town Youth Chorus will present Sounds of Christmas under the direction of conductors Denise Hawkins and Kurt Ala-Kantti on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. 

Accompanists are Ioulia Blinova and Tom Sear at the piano, and Denise Hawkins at the organ.

Tickets: $10 students, $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 

Tickets available from choir members, Leading Note, 370 Elgin and Compact Music, 190 &785-A Bank.

For further information, please contact 613-749-2391 and 819-568-8169 

Click here for a Google Map
OC Transpo: Route 8 info


The Ottawa Brahms Choir Annual Potluck BBQ


in Jill Hyde-Clarke's backyard

 5:00 to 8:00 pm



The Ottawa Brahms Choir

 with  the  Harmonia Choir of Ottawa


Ein Deutsches Requiem 

Presenting Brahms most loved work for the occasion of our 30th anniversary!

Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista,


Download poster  or  Program notes

Tickets: $20 - 18 - 10

Leading Note, 370 Elgin street

Compact Disc, 190 & 785-A Bank street

Johannes Brahms
7 May 1833 - 3 April 1897



(From our special correspondent) 

The 30th Anniversary concert, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, took place Saturday, April 30th, 7:30 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church and was a great success.
The Ottawa Brahms Choir and Harmonia Choir of Ottawa with soloists Soprano Devon Wastle, and Bass Jean Sébastien Kennedy gave a wonderful performance to a close to 300 in number appreciative audience. The soloists raised the spirits of the 100 participating choristers; and with a great performance of the two accompanists at the piano, Ioulia Blinova and Joanne Moorcroft, Director Kurt Ala-Kantti led the two choirs and guests to new heights.
The audience was full of praise at the reception following the concert. President of Ottawa Brahms Choir, Leo Heistek, in a spontaneous address welcomed guests and thanked Director Kurt Ala-Kantti, as well as the Harmonia Choir for joining us in this special concert. Founder of the Johannes Brahms Choir, Dieter Kiesewalter, was welcomed warmly. Dieter had nothing but praise for the performance of the choir, the soloists and two accompanying pianists. Kudos were expressed to Board members for their efforts in preparation of this concert.
*The Director of the Ottawa Bach Choir, Dr. Lisette Canton, who had held a workshop with the combined choirs two weeks prior to the concert date attended the concert and gave Director Kurt Ala-Kantti her warm approval of the choirs' performance.
It was a memorable evening.


Christmas Favourites!

with guests:   

The Polished Brass Quintet

Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 4:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista    

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To Song and Dance!


Liebeslieder Waltzes ~ Brahms      

and more!

Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 4:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista




with Christmas Favourites


Deutsches Magnificat  ~ Schütz           

Magnificat Op. 69, #3 ~ Mendelssohn

with guests:                                                         

Choirs of St. Thomas Anglican Church

Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 3:00 p.m. 

St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista         St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista


Handel's Messiah

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa
Elbmesne Ensemble
Dayna Lamothe, soprano, D. Kai May, countertenor
Keith Gomes, tenor, Jean Sebastien Kennedy, bass


Sunday April 26, 2009 - 3:00 p.m.
St Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Dr.


Brahms and his Legacy

elbmesne ensemble
Keith Gomes, tenor Rachel Eugster, soprano


Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 3:00 p.m.

St Timothy's Presbyterian Church


Celebrate Easter and Spring
Jiri Hlavacek, director, Ioulia Blinova, accompanist

Sunday April 1st, 2007

St. Timothy’s Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive

Admission: $15 at the door, $12 in advance, children 12 and under free. Advance tickets ($12) are available at:

  • Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.
  • European Delicatessen, 1541 Merivale Rd., at of Capilano Dr.


Sunday December 10, 2006, 3 P.M.

Christmas Concert
Featuring the Czech Christmas Mass (also known as the Bohemian Shepherd’s Mass; performed in English) by Jakub Jan Ryba, followed by German Christmas music.

 Jiri Hlavacek, director.

Judith Vachon, Soprano
Joanna Crilly, Alto
Chin Yeung, Tenor
Henk Huizenga, Baritone
Julia Blinova, Accompanist

Location: City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave.

Admission: $18 at the door, $15 in advance, children 12 and under free. Advance tickets ($15) are available at:

  • European Delicatessen, 1541 Merivale Rd., corner of Capilano Dr.
  • Handa Travel in the Billings Bridge Plaza Shopping Centre


Sunday April 30, 2006, 3 P.M.

The Spring Concert will feature selections by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others. Guest artists will include the Swiss Montagna Singers and Julia Blinova, piano. Jiri Hlavacek will be the guest conductor.

Location: St. Timothy’s Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive

Admission: $15 at the door, $10 in advance, children 12 and under free. Advance Tickets are available at Compact Music.


 Sunday December, 2005, 3 P.M.

25th Anniversary Christmas Sing-Along Concert

International Christmas Carol Concert and Sing-Along with the Audience, including the concert world premiere of a new arrangement by Rohahes of the Huron Carol.
With the Alpentrio, soloist Stanley Ralph and pianist Julia Blinova.
Admission: $5

Southminster United Church (corner of Bank St & Aylmer Ave.)


Sunday November 13, 2005, 3 P.M.

25th Anniversary Gala Concert
Featuring music from Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Franz Joseph Haydn's Te Deum in C major “For the Empress Marie Therese”
with special guests Barbara Bolte, oboe, and
members of the Chorale du Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau

Southminster United Church (corner of Bank St & Aylmer Ave.)

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; available at CD Warehouse, 1383 Clyde Ave., and Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.


Sunday April 24, 2005, 3 P.M.

First 25th Anniversary Gala Concert  
Spring and Brahms

  • Telemann: Schoolmaster Cantata
  • Brahms: Lieder and Romanzen and Zigeunerlieder
  • International Spring Madrigals and Folksongs
  • Helmut Seemann: Two Songs (composed for the OBC's 25th anniversary; world première)

With guests:

Les Baroques Mistérieuses from Carleton University
Croatian Folk Music Ensemble Croatoan
Julia Blinova, piano

Southminster United Church, Bank Street at Aylmer Ave.
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 12 years and under free
Ticket Information: (613) 731-7700 or from choir members

After the Sunday Spring Concert, the Ottawa Brahms Choir invites the guests and the audience to a reception with cakes and cookies, coffee, tea, etc. in the “Ladies' Parlour’ on the second floor of the Southminster United Church.

Helmut Seemann: Two Songs

Among the highlights of our Spring Concert is the première of two songs composed as a gift to the Ottawa Brahms Choir by longtime OBC choir member Helmut Seemann:

Wir sind nicht alt (We are not old)
In A minor for mixed choir with piano. Wir sind nicht alt is a gentle marching call of wisdom to the younger generation, with a lively climax demonstrating the creativity and vitality of Helmut Seemann's musical ideas.
Frohsinn (Happiness)
In A major for mixed choir with piano. The song Frohsinn is composed in a pleasant and changing, sometimes accentuated and sometimes softly flowing waltz rhythm. It starts with a question: Who knows today about Gemütlichkeit (coziness)? It then states that there are no more humourists around. It praises engagement and idealism and advises us to try this recipe: It will certainly make us happy and creates a convincing demonstration of the composer's skills. And the song is sure to delight the audience.




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