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Musique Royale invites listeners to hear a new group, Aureas Voces, Golden Voices, a professional Early Music ensemble based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ensemble is a collaboration between accomplished young musicians led by Nick Veltmeyer, and this concert tour will also feature soprano, Janelle Lucyk.
Nick Veltmeyer was awarded a scholarship and bursary from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for his studies in sacred music and Classical literature at the University of King’s College. Alongside his longstanding apprenticeship with Paul Halley, Veltmeyer has studied conducting with Ivars Taurins, Jeanne Lamon, and Dinuk Wijeratne, as well as organ performance with Ton Koopman, Jacques Van Oortmerssen, James David Christie and Jean-Claude Zehnder. This year Veltmeyer performed with Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music.
As an educator, Veltmeyer has taught privately and founded educational music programs at St. Stephen's (Chester) and Christ Church (Dartmouth). As a composer, Veltmeyer has written for the University of King's College Chapel Choir and has produced multimedia collaborations with 2016 Sobey Art Award finalist William Robinson and artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert. Nick Veltmeyer is currently the Music Director of Saint David's and the Sub Organist at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The final tour venue, St Stephen’s Chester has historic associations with Captain Jonathan Prescott, a veteran of the second siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg, who was a warden at St. Stephen’s. The church also has a unique historical association that pre-dates its construction. Tradition maintains that the small wooden cross that hangs in the church is made from a section of the keel of the “Young Teazer,” an American Privateer that was set on fire by its captain to avoid capture by the Royal Navy during the War of 1812 in Mahone Bay. Local folklore insists its phantom ship still sails and can be seen burning in the bay. In addition to this interesting artefact, the interior of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church boasts a full wrap-around balcony with ornate design.
Save yourself a seat on the balcony inside sweet St. Stephen's in Chester, and let the golden sounds of Aureas Voces flood over you, for a perfect evening in August.
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