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Ottawa, ON
Canada

I am an independent software development consultant, specializing in model-driven development with Eclipse technology, which has been a passion for the last ten years.  I am widely recognized for my high-quality output, timely delivery, and friendly and engaging manner.

I also happen to be a capable singer, performing sacred and secular works for choir and tenor solo from the renaissance to today.  If you are presenting vocal music in Ottawa, eastern Ontario, or west Québec, I can be your tenor.

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Events

Upcoming and past musical and developer-oriented events that I am either leading, participating in, or attending.  Click or tap on an event for more details.


Your Music: Larkin by Request
Jun
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

Your Music: Larkin by Request

Yes! It's the fourth Larkin by Request concert at which Matthew Larkin plays any and all requests for your favourite music on organ, piano, even voice and other instruments as available! Always a great time and entirely in support of the valuable work of the choirs: this year the Choir of Men and Boys' UK tour happening this July. Your donations go straight into a fund that helps a young person to go on a once-in-a-lifetime (literally) trip to experience the pinnacle of our sacred choral music tradition.

As an added incentive, some men of the choir including yours truly are contributing with their time and talents in song and who knows what else. I shall be singing a pair of famous love songs by a great romantic German master of the Lieder art, accompanied of course by the maestro.

The length of the programme depends on the number of requests received. There may still be time for yours (maestro learns quickly) but it is running out! In any case, do come out and avail yourself of the free-will offering baskets to launch a boy chorister's dream!

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More Walls of Sound
Jun
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

More Walls of Sound

Coming soon, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys presents another concert of Solid Walls of Sound: grand walls of bold, beautiful, uplifting, moving sound. Not only is this a crucial fund-raising opportunity for our imminent UK Tour, but it is also a last chance to see this choir in concert under the direction of our beloved Matthew Larkin (we do have more smaller-format services and concerts in the month of June to follow).

Proceeds from this concert will help to send amazingly talented and hard-working young people, the future of our great choral tradition, on a one-of-a-kind adventure that they will cherish forever. So, please give generously and bring your friends and family!

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Seven Last Words from the Cross
Apr
14
3:00pm 3:00pm

Seven Last Words from the Cross

The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa this year are once again presenting a musical offering for prayer and reflection on Good Friday. It will feature a wide variety of music, with evocative, expressive works by Brahms, Geistliches Lied; Barber, his own choral adaptation of his famous Adagio for Strings as an Agnus Dei; the modern master, Eric Whitacre; and historic masterpieces by Venetian writers, including a Miserere mei by Raphaella Aleotti, the first published woman composer in music history.

As this is a worship service, there is no admission fee, although donations are very welcome and will be shared amongst several worthy causes, including:

The cover image for this event is the official event poster, based on the White Crucifixion painting by Marc Chagall.

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Venetian Vespers by Candlelight
Mar
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Venetian Vespers by Candlelight

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa presents another candlelit concert this season, featuring music from renaissance Venice. The centrepiece of the evening is the massive Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi. The featured soprano soloist for the evening is Ottawa's own Bronwyn Thies-Thompson and the choir is joined also by the excellent Ottawa Baroque Consort and a brace of sackbuts. I even have the pleasure of singing some solo passages together with these sackbuts.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. You can get them directly from me or from the usual local musical shops.

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Movie Night: The Ten Commandments
Feb
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Movie Night: The Ten Commandments

The Choir of Men and Boys of Christ Church Cathedral is joining Ottawa's Seventeen Voyces in a presentation of the classic Cecile B. DeMille silent film The Ten Commandments. The choirs will be providing live music to accompany the film, our Christ Church choir filling the second of the double choir scoring of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt. And, of course, whatever time is not spent with the choirs singing, Matthew Larkin will fill with his usual masterful improvisation at the organ.

The show repeats for a second presentation the following evening, Saturday 25th February at the same time and place. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, available at the Seventeen Voyces website.

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A Very Modern Christmas
Dec
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Very Modern Christmas

If you are a fan of modern choral music, the Capital Chamber Choir has the Christmas concert for you! And, if you don't know whether you are a fan of modern choral music, this concert will convince you that you are! There is Canadian content, there is American content, there is a large portion of excellent Latvian content, and there is even one absolutely stunning piece that has us singing Icelandic. A truly cosmopolitan and very exciting array of music.

Tickets are available at very holiday-friendly prices ($25/$15) with a $5 discount even on that if you buy in advance from me or from the Leading Note.

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Noël Nouvelet
Dec
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Noël Nouvelet

Three of Ottawa's brightest musical starts are collaborating to present an exciting programme of music for Advent: Julie Nesrallah (mezzo-soprano), Caroline Léonardelli (harp), and Matthew Larkin (organ). Much of the program will be based on their recent CD release, Noël Nouvelet, which Harpcolumn called “… a stunning concert/service of all French music with a very personal flair and fresh perspective…”.

Joining them on a few numbers, and doing a set of their own, will be the Christ Church Choir of Men and Boys. Proceeds from the concert support the boys in their musical development and community outreach.

Purchase tickets ($30/$10) on-line at Cathedral Arts.

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Remembrance Day with Brahms
Nov
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Remembrance Day with Brahms

The Capital Chamber Choir joins the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, both choirs directed by Jamie Loback, for a concert of solemn music for Remembrance Day. The centrepiece of the programme is the gorgeous Deutches Requiem by Johannes Brahms.

On its own, the Capital Chamber Choir will be performing the stirring Exaudi for solo violoncello and choir by Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock. The text is an excerpt from the latin requiem service and the music puts rich choral ostinato figures under and around a dramatic, searching 'cello line.

Tickets are available at the door at standard rates ($15 - $30), but advanced sales are discounted, so plan early!

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Duruflé Requiem
Oct
30
4:30pm 4:30pm

Duruflé Requiem

Christ Church Cathedral is offering a special requiem service for the feast of All Souls with the haunting and dramatic music of Maurice Duruflé. The Choir of Men and Boys, together with the senior members of the Cathedral Girls' Choir and soloists Lydia Piehl and Gary Dahl, with soloists from the choir, is joined by an orchestra and organ to present the complete work as the obligatory liturgical bits of the ancient requiem mass. Duruflé's treatment of the beautiful traditional plainchant melodies perfectly completes that mood of antiquity and authenticity in a fairly modern context. Also on the slate is a Dona nobis pacem by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

As this is an eucharist service, it is not a concert and there is no admission fee, but a free-will offering is accepted.

This is my own personal favourite setting of the requiem, so I'm excited to be singing it again. And I shall be very happy to see you there!

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Führerbunker
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Führerbunker

Yes!  It's my professional opera début, singing the role of Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister in the Nazi régime during the second World War in Andrew Ager's chilling and forthright chamber opera presenting the last ten days of the Führer's existence.

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Mozart: Requiem
Jun
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mozart: Requiem

The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys ends our fund-raising concert season in a presentation of the Requiem, KV 626, by Mozart and Süßmayer, together with the Phoenix Boys' Choir visiting from Arizona.  And there's more than music!  Have fun with a silent auction, supporting the choir by bidding up your rivals for antiques, giftables, who knows what?  It will be a surprise.

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A Musical Bouquet
May
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

A Musical Bouquet

Celebrate the Tulip Festival with music. Floral music! Come to hear the Cantata Singers of Ottawa sing madrigals, part-songs, and various else all on themes of flowers. Some pieces are silly, some are serious, but all are beautiful music to brighten a cheery spring afternoon.

Get your tickets in advance from The Leading Note, Compact Music, or any chorister.

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St Luke Passion
Mar
25
3:00pm 3:00pm

St Luke Passion

The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral present the St Luke Passion by James MacMillan on Good Friday.  Featuring the composer's signature style that you will instantly recognize, this work is very movingly crafted, full of pathos.  The children's chorus delivering the words of Christ is particularly effective.  Come join us in the Canadian première of the fabulous new Passion.

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Carmina Burana
Feb
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Carmina Burana

A work that probably needs no introduction, Carmina Burana is a favourite of audiences and singers alike. Come hear the newly reconstituted Rideau Chorale present these energetic, mysterious, graceful, and sometimes silly songs on vulgar (in the best sense of the word!) texts from the Middle Ages together with the Chorale Lyrica children's chorus, pianists, and percussion.

Tickets are available at Leading Note, Compact Music, or from any member of the chorus.

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Fauré Requiem
Nov
1
4:30pm 4:30pm

Fauré Requiem

A beloved favourite of the requiem service genre, Gabriel Fauré's contribution to the art will be presented by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys with orchestra to celebrate All Souls' Day (but actually on All Saints' Day). Come hear this beautiful work and let it lift up your prayers!

A free-will offering will be accepted.

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Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil
Oct
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

Come hear one of the greatest Russian choral works of the 20th Century (or of any time, for that matter): the All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This concert is intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first performance of this stunning choral masterwork, in a wonderful meditative setting surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles. It also happens to be the first concert "officially" under the direction of our new Director of Music, Andrew McAnerney

Also presented are works by Pärt, Holst, and Dove that complement the main feature very well.

Tickets are available on-line or you may contact me. The student price is astounding!

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An Eucharist from the 20th Century
Aug
30
10:30am10:30am

An Eucharist from the 20th Century

 

Come downtown to Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa for an Eucharist service featuring me as Cantor.  On offer is a variety of Canadian (Betts), American (Rorem),  French (Langlais), and British (Gill) music for solo voice from the 20th Century.  This stuff is the coolest of the cool.  Not to be missed!

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Celebration of Canadian Composers IV
Jul
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Celebration of Canadian Composers IV

Once again this year it is my pleasure to sing a whole bunch of fine Canadian-made choral music with the Capital Chamber Choir at the Music & Beyond festival. There is really great stuff on this program, including a good deal by composers from right here in Ottawa.

The centrepiece of this program will be Nicholas Piper's excellent The Delight of Paradise, seeing its première performance. It is intricate, moody, evocative, and expansive stuff — a real delight to sing.

Other fine works by:

  • John Gordon Armstrong
  • David Keyes
  • Andrea MacWilliams
  • Timothy Mott
  • Kelly-Marie Murphy
  • Tracey A. Stabback

Come hear what modern Canadian choral music sounds like. You're going to love it!

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Tribute to Morten Lauridsen
Jul
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tribute to Morten Lauridsen

I'm pleased to be singing together with so many other talented choristers from around the city in a festival celebration of Morten Lauridsen's music. And, of course, the all-day workshop the day before led by the composer.

There will be a massed choir with representation from

  • Cantata Singers of Ottawa
  • Capital Chamber Choir
  • Ewashko Singers
  • Ottawa Choral Society
  • Ottawa Regional Youth Choir
  • Seventeen Voyces

performing these works:

  • O Magnum Mysterium
  • Sure on this Shining Night
  • Lux Aeterna

Also, I'm joining with the Capital Chamber Choir to sing Lauridsen's Madrigali, a wonderful set of six modern madrigals on Renaissance Italian poetry.

Come out and enjoy! This is a rare opportunity, not to be missed.

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Jubilate Deo
Jan
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jubilate Deo

Please join Schola Basilicae in lovely Almonte, Ontario, for Jubilate Deo, an evening of sacred music of the Renaissance. The a cappella choir from Saint Patrick’s Basilica (Ottawa) will present works by Renaissance masters Tallis, Hassler, Byrd, Palestrina, Des Pres, and other well-known composers. Admittance is free but there will be a free will offering. The funds collected will support two of the parish’s overseas missions: the Centre Vie Orphanage in St. Marc, Haiti, and the Jesus Salvador mission parish located in a remote region of Peru.

Image courtesy Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
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Christmas Candlelight
Dec
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Christmas Candlelight

Once again this year, the Seventeen Voyces are joining forces with Thirteen Strings to bring joyous music to the Advent/Christmas season. This concert's major choral works are a new commission by the Canadian composer John Burge and Cantata No. 64 by J.S. Bach. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Also featuring soloists Bud Roach and David Roth, and the choir of De La Salle High School.

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A Musical Meditation Hour
Nov
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Musical Meditation Hour

To mark the Feast of Christ the King and the end of the church year, the Schola Basilicae of St. Patrick’s Basilica will offer a meditational hour of sacred music of the Renaissance and other periods, preceding the nine o'clock Mass. Join us as we present works by Tallis, Byrd, Palestrina, Victoria, and others in this beautiful and historic church in downtown Ottawa. All are welcome.

(St. Patrick’s is located at the corner of Kent and Nepean streets. Plenty of street parking is available nearby.)

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Solid Walls of Sound
Jun
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Solid Walls of Sound

Come kick off your summer music season with some glorious sacred works sung by the Choir of Men and Boys from Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.  Hear selections by Bernstein, Howells, MacMillan, Dove, Tippett, Larkin, Wood, Ireland, Parry, and Thompson.  Lots to suit a modern ear!

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