Provincial Music Festival starts Friday in New Glasgow

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NEW GLASGOW - The members of the New Glasgow Music Festival are busy preparing to host the 30th Provincial Music Festival on behalf of the Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia, May 30-31. 

Competitions will happen in the town Friday evening and all day Saturday at Glasgow Square Theatre, Trinity United Church and the Performance Centre at North Nova Education Centre.

To bring this celebration of the musical arts to a close, a gala concert featuring the stars of the festival will be held at 7 p.m. on May 31 in the Glasgow Square Theatre.

Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant and Joan Grant will be in attendance at the concert bringing greetings and announcing who amongst the senior competitors have been selected by the adjudicators to represent Nova Scotia at the national competitions in August at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna campus.

The New Glasgow, Antigonish and Guysborough areas will be well represented in the competitions. At the junior level, there will Luke Henderson for brass, Nicholas Higgs and Natalie Mitchell for voice, Annette Diao for piano, and Meagan Kettley in musical theatre.

At the senior level and vying for a place on the team to nationals, there will such well known local performers Nathaniel Jenkins in brass, Jennifer Johnson for musical theatre, and Anna Bond and Marcel d’Entremont in voice.

In a very special national musical theatre class being offered for the first time is Sheaumais MacLeod from Antigonish. His class begins at 8 p.m. on May 30 at North Nova Education Centre and will perform three numbers.

Choral entries from the local area include the A. G. Baillie Memorial School Choir, directed by Jane Miller, and the North Nova Education Centre Concert Choir and Octet, both directed by Janice Alcorn. These choirs will be adjudicated on recorded performances and the results will be announced at the concert.

A panel with national and international credentials will judge the provincial competitions. This year’s panel will include Rob Nicholson from New Brunswick for brass; Susan Quinn from Newfoundland for choral; Carroll Godsman from Nova Scotia for Musical Theatre; Steven Fielder from Ontario for piano; Hok Kwan from New Brunswick for strings; Caroline Schiller from Newfoundland for voice; and James Kalyn from New Brunswick for woodwind.

All competitions and the final concert are open to the public.

Tickets for the Gala Concert are available at the Glasgow Square Box Office, New Glasgow, and at Pictou Pharmasave.


Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 30

North Nova Education Centre:

6:45 p.m. Junior & Senior Brass

8 p.m. National Musical Theatre

Trinity United Church:

7 p.m. Junior Voice

Glasgow Square Theatre:

7 p.m. Junior Piano


Saturday, May 31

North Nova Education Centre:

1 p.m. Junior and Senior Musical Theatre

Trinity United Church:

9 a.m. Strings

10:30 a.m. Woodwinds

1:30 p.m. Senior Voice

Glasgow Square Theatre:

10:30 a.m. Senior Piano

 7 p.m. Gala Concert

Organizations: North Nova Education Centre Concert Choir, Glasgow Square Theatre, Trinity United Church Performance Centre University of British Columbia A. G. Baillie Memorial School Choir Musical Theatre Glasgow Square Box Office

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Antigonish New Brunswick Kelowna Guysborough Newfoundland Ontario

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