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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 2018 Musique Royale tour will take the rich sounds of Aureas Voces to intimate venues in Parrsboro, Crousetown and Chester. The Ottawa House in Parrsboro was a summer home of Sir Charles Tupper who was a Premier of Nova Scotia, Father of Confederation, sixth Prime minister of Canada and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1879. Built circa 1770 and is believed to be the oldest building on the Parrsboro Shore and one of the oldest in the province of Nova Scotia. The space illustrates mid-eighteenth century Georgian architecture.