History

Although the Brockville Concert Association is called an “association”, it’s not a private club of any kind; it is made up of a small group of music enthusiast volunteers who do what is needed behind the scenes to make a series of concerts happen in Brockville every year. Volunteers join the board at the annual general meeting in January, agree to take on roles according to their skills and interests, attend planning meetings throughout the year, invite performers to be part of the upcoming slate of concerts and build networks in the music community. Please consider volunteering with us.

2021 will again be a challenging but rewarding year for the Concert Association because of ongoing COVID 19. The Association decided to again shift our traditional in-person concerts to an online format so that we would again be able to showcase some wonderful performers. Holding concerts this way also extends our reach beyond the Brockville area using the power of the Internet. We hope you have enjoyed our concerts in the past, will join us online this year and that you will continue to attend our concerts in the future.

Getting the message out about the BCA’s concerts is one of the Association’s most important ongoing tasks. We receive generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council to pay artists and create materials to advertise the concerts. Culture Days are growing into a bigger Fall presence in Ontario communities and the BCA concerts will again be part of the lineup in 20210.

We always rely on well-connected local media reporters with the Brockville Recorder and Times, Snap’d and the Mural to interview us for the newspapers, chat with us on Brockville’s community TV channel  and take photographs of the performers. Local politicians are always enthusiastic about sharing messages from the BCA. Brockville businesspeople happily put up our flyers and posters in their establishments.

The Brockville Concert Association has been bringing extraordinary Canadian and international musical performers to Brockville since 1948. The roster of world- famous artists over 73 years of the classical series has included:

  • Glen Gould
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Bobby Ferrin
  • The National Arts Orchestra
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Anna Russell
  • Anton Kuerti
  • Louis Quilico
  • The Canadian Brass
  •  I Musici de Montreal
  • Quartango
  • Adam Han-Gorski
  • The Chicago Brass Quintet
  • Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

The BCA introduced a Jazz Festival in 2001 and over the years we have been privileged to have such artists as John Pizzarelli, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, The Climax Jazz Band and Michael Kaeshammer perform for us.

Every year’s performers bring their best to our stages.

The Brockville Concert Association’s mandate has always included a music education component, carried out in a variety of formats. In 2020, two talented youth musicians from Brockville performed as part of the year’s streamed concert series. In the past, May Court Children’s Concerts provided free highly interactive concerts for young students in Brockville area schools; pre-concert master classes for teachers, students and the public and an outreach project that sent professional musicians into Brockville schools to perform and listen to student performers. The Association encourages youth to attend concerts with free or reduced ticket prices.