Concerts and Special Musical Events



Handel’s Messiah Returns November 24 and 25th, 2018

Four guest soloists and an orchestra will join our combined choirs for this year’s presentation of G. F. Handel’s timeless Messiah oratorio.

St. Matthew’s Parish Choir will be conducted by St. Matthew’s director of Music Kirkland Adsett. Soloists include soprano Joan Fearnley, mezzo-soprano Pauline van der Roest, American tenor Patrick McGill, and baritone Ryan Hofman.

Two performances will be held: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 pm and a Sunday matinée Nov. 25 at 2pm.

Adsett says the 18th-century oratorio “still after all this time, speaks to new generations clearly, profoundly and with freshness.”  

Hofman is a 2017 Brian Law Competition Finalist and National Music Festival runner-up. Law, who founded various musical organizations in Ottawa, was once the musical director at St. Matthew’s. Now living in New Zealand, the Brian Law Competition was founded to honour his contribution to Ottawa’s classical music culture.

A graduate from the University of British Columbia Master of Music in Opera program, Hofman recently appeared with the Opéra de Montréal’s chorus in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and was the baritone soloist for the Fauré Requiem with Ottawa’s Cantata Singers. He was a guest with the University of Ottawa’s Opera Ensemble and has sung with Ottawa’s Pellegrini Opera.

Joan Fearnley is a singer and choral conductor. She leads the Bytown Voices community choir and Notre Dame’s women’s and children’s choirs. She has been a guest soloist with the University of Ottawa Choir, Coro Viva, North Grenville Choir and Knox Presbyterian Church.

Born in the Netherlands, mezzo Pauline van der Roest has performed as a soloist in Canada, the Netherlands and the U.S. She has performed with Roger Malouf, assistant director of the New York Metropolitan Opera, with the Orchestra of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and was a soloist at the European Union’s Christmas Concert in 2017. She will perform Mahler’s Rückert Lieder at Glebe-St. James Church next spring.

Patrick McGill has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and a Masters in Early Music Performance from McGill University. He is an avid signer of opera, art song, oratorio and chamber music. Recent performances include L’incoronazione di Poppea (Lucano), the title role in Candide, Lucia di Lammermoor (Normanno) and tenor soloist in Handel’s Elijah and Messiah.

The St. Matthew’s performances will again include a cash wine and beer bar open before the start and during intermission. Tracy Arnett Realty Ltd. is sponsoring the wine bar and Robertson Martin Architects Inc. (RMA) is the presenting performance sponsor.

Once again, St. Matthew’s is seeking sponsors to defray the performance costs. To sponsor a soloist or orchestra member, please contact Peggy Nankivell at or 613-230-8669.

Advent Lessons and Carols

Please join us on December 2, 2018 7:00 pm for our annual Advent Lessons and Carols program.  This service is a lovely way to start Advent.

Nine Lessons and Carols

Please join us on December 16, 2018 7:00 pm for our annual Nine Lessons and Carols program.  A favourite service of St. Matthew's parishioners.

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