Explore Nova Scotia through historic venues and great music!
You will find below an up-to-date list of our current partnerships, their histories, and contact information. Generally speaking, tickets are always available through reservation from the MR Box Office and at the door. Feel free to contact a venue directly with any questions about the upcoming concert being held there. In addition, some venues have their own local ticket selling arrangements, such as at shops or through community organizations. We are pleased to offer affordable tickets to all our concerts with an average price of $20 for general admission and $10 for students. Cecilia's Retreat events are available by advance reservation only, so make sure to write Barbara Butler to save a spot for her house concerts!
St. George and St. Andrew United Church
The present structure of St. George and Andrew United Church dates back to 1911 but its history is much older. The first service of worship was under the Methodists and was held on July 3rd, 1782 by the Rev. William Black. The first Methodist church building was dedicated at the comer of St. Anthony and Church Streets in 1789. The second Methodist church building was dedicated in 1846 near the site of the old Mohawk Fort. It was later moved to where the manse now stands. It was eventually taken down and the present brick church was built.
The Presbyterian church which was called St. Andrew’s was built in 1862 and is now owned by the Arts Council and is just across the street from the manse. In 1919, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and St. George’s Methodist Church United, a forerunner of the later union which came in 1925. It is thought to be the first union of the two churches, at least in the Maritimes.
Location: 393 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0
Contact: John Montgomerie
St. Barnabas Anglican Church
St. Barnabas’ Anglican Church is a Greek Revival styled building, built in 1886, located in the heart of the small fishing village of Blue Rocks. The Municipal Heritage Designation applies to the building and building footprint.
St. Barnabas’ Church is valued for its architecture, age and as the only Anglican Church in the Blue Rocks area of Lunenburg County. Following its completion, the congregation continued to expand and in 1907 two wings were added to the church; one on the nave and one on the chancel making it considerably larger. The additions were constructed by noted local builders Boehner & Sons of nearby West LaHave. The expansion of the church ensured it could continue to meet the needs of its congregation and was viewed as more palatable alternative to constructing a new church. The church continues to be active today and remains a vital part of the small coastal community.
With appreciation to Rev. John Wright and the church’s Ladies Guild.
Location: 1396 Blue Rocks Road, Blue Rocks
Contact: Rev. John Wright
Dawn Oman Art Gallery
The Dawn Oman Art Gallery in Bridgetown was originally built as Providence Methodist Church in 1872; in 1921, the congregation amalgamated with Gordon Presbyterian Church, thus creating Gordon-Providence United Church, four years ahead of the formation of the national United Church of Canada. The Bridgetown Pastoral Charge was a four-point charge including churches in Lawrencetown, Upper Granville and Tupperville. In 2014, the Gordon-Providence building was purchased by Dawn Oman. During its subsequent renovation, many of the architectural features were preserved: the stained glass windows, the 1902 Casavant pipe organ, its hardwood floors and the large brass bell in the belfry. Aside from its function as a gallery, this venue provides the community with a flexible performance space. Artwork by Dawn Oman.
Location: 523 St George St, Annapolis Royal
Contact: John Montgomerie and Dawn Oman
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, situated in the scenic and historic seaside Village of Chester in the South Shore region was constructed in 1840. St. Stephen’s features a mixture of Greek and Gothic Revival architecture, with a unique interior which boasts an ornately designed full wrap-around balcony. Visitors are welcome to learn about the parish history and some of the church’s historical associations; brochures with information on parish history and features of church for self-guided tours.
Musique Royale’s event in Chester honours Ted Cleather a valued member of our Board of Directors for many years.
Location: Box 385, Chester, NS, B0J 1J0
Contact: Ted Cleather, 902 275-3804
Greenwood United Church
Greenwood United Church has a history dating back to 1841 when Knox Presbyterian church was established on Baddeck Bay. Later, the congregation moved into the heart of Baddeck itself, and built our current church building. Greenwood has changed a lot from those early years, but we are still committed to being a sign of God’s presence to the people of Baddeck. We host many activities throughout the year including concerts, clothing sales, outreach to shut-ins, ecumenical and community events. You would be very welcome to join us for worship any Sunday or at any of our community events.
Location: 98 Twining St., Baddeck, B0E 1B0
Contact: Juanita Macaulay
Cathedral Church of All Saints
An architectural jewel, the Cathedral Church of All Saints is one of the finest examples of perpendicular gothic style in Canada. Soaring arches rise toward the vaulted ceiling nearly seven stories in height. The wood carvings of Robert “mousie” Thompson, in the sanctuary, the chancel, and the signature pulpit, took 30 years to complete and are the only example of Thompson’s work in Canada. Equally notable is the cathedral’s 5,000-pipe organ, the second largest in the Maritimes.
As the cathedral church for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, All Saints is the gathering place for liturgical events which draw and unite people from across two provinces. On Sundays and throughout the week, their doors are open to provide a respite for those seeking spiritual refreshment, refuge, and inspiration.
Capella Regalis sing regularly at Evensongs through the year and present their final concert of the 2017 spring tour on June 15.
Location: 1336 Martello Street, Halifax
Contact: Vanessa Halley, 902 423-6002
Malagawatch United Church
The Highland Village Museum, 4119 Highway 223, is a 43-acre living history museum and cultural centre that interprets, presents and celebrates Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and culture. Overlooking the world famous Bras d’Or Lakes, costumed staff in 10 period buildings take visitors on a journey through 140 years of cultural evolution in Scotland and Nova Scotia, including emigration, immigration, pioneering and community building.
During the fall of 2003, the Malagawatch United Church was moved from its site near the shores of the River Denys Basin to the beautiful hills overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes at the Highland Village Museum in Iona. The spectacular journey involved travel over land and water, and was just another chapter in the church’s rich history. Long inhabited by First Nations people, Malagawatch takes its name from a Mi’kmaq word said to mean “lake of full islands”. The community of Malagawatch is one of the oldest Presbyterian communities in Cape Breton.
The church building has a blending of architectural styles. It demonstrates Federal style in the squared-off windows; the tall spire, encouraging us to look towards the heavens, is Gothic; the front door has a taste of Greek Revival. The inside of the church is very plain in keeping with Presbyterian tradition. No musical instruments were used for singing until a pump organ was purchased in the 1940’s.
Location: 4119 Highway 223, Iona
Contact: Rodney Chaisson, 902 725-2272
Clam Harbour United Church
Located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, the Clam Harbour United Church is now located at Memory Lane Heritage Village, 5435 Clam Harbour Beach Road in Lake Charlotte. This simple church (seating is limited to 90) built in 1891 features superb acoustics in an intimate setting.
The church was built by the Clam Harbour congregation, under the direction of Fred and Henry Stoddard who were trained carpenters. The framework of the building is constructed entirely of hand-hewn timbers and the basic integrity of the structure, more than a hundred years later, is a testament to the builders’ skills. This beautiful community church was restored to its late 1940s state by the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society. The restoration included building a replica of the original belfry (including a bell); restoring the stairs to the balcony and the balcony pews; painting the interior in its original colours; finding and installing a wood stove; shingling the outside with wooden shingles; and building and installing a replica of the diamond window originally located above the entrance door.
This concert is followed by a four course lamp lit dinner in the Village’s Cookhouse (optional). The dinner is inspired by the composers and works chosen for this evening.
Location: Memory Lane Heritage Village, 28 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte
Contact: Thea Wilson Hammond, 902 845-1937
St. John's Anglican Church Lunenburg
Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, was officially designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in August, 1996. At the centre of the town is St. John’s Anglican Church, Canada’s second oldest Protestant church. It is undeniably one of the country’s most outstanding examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture. On November 1, 2001, a devastating fire struck St. John’s. The restoration project that followed is a testimonial to the power of faith which has motivated and inspired many people in the community and all over the world. A second church was built in 1841 but replaced in 1890 by the present structure, one designed in High Victorian Gothic style.
Take Exit 10 or 11 from Route 103 to find the scenic beauty and coastal charm of this unique area. The three waterfront churches, and the Scarecrow and Father Christmas Festivals are among popular highlights in a town that is full of interesting studios, galleries and specialty crafts.
Cecilia’s Retreat, RR#2 in Mahone Bay, is a private residence where music and hospitality are enjoyed while overlooking a spectacular view of Mader’s Cove. Painting “Hot Licks” by Geoff Butler. Reservations required for events at Cecilia’s Retreat.
Margaretsville is a picturesque fishing village with magnificent sunsets and a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy. It is the home of Fundy Folk, a society devoted to the performing arts that began as an extension of the kitchen parties that were common among the folk type musicians of the area. The Evergreen Theatre, located at 1660 Stronach Mountain Rd. in Margaretsville, is a simple symmetrical wooden structure with gothic windows. The building is 175 years old, originally the Evergreen Baptist Church. In recent years it was donated to the community and converted into a performance space, now hosting over 20 performances per year. Its marvelous acoustics make it ideal as a venue for music performances.
Location: 1941 Stronach Mountain Road, East Margaretsville
Contact: David O'Leary, 902 825-6834
Ottawa House Museum
Parrsboro is admired for its elegant houses and estates, many of which were built during the 1800’s, and the breathtaking scenic view it affords of the extraordinary tides of the Minas Basin. Construction of Ottawa House by the Sea was begun in the 1770’s on the site of an Acadian trading fort. Overlooking the rocky cliffs of nearby Partridge Island, historic Ottawa House served as the summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, former Prime Minister of Canada and Father of Canadian Confederation. After serving as an inn for more than a century, this lovely Georgian structure was converted to a museum filled with period furnishings. Several rooms also house exhibits showcasing Parrsboro’s shipbuilding heritage. The museum is situated at 1155 Whitehall Road.
Location: 1155 Whitehall Road, Parrsboro
Contact: Susan Clarke, 902 254-2376
St. John the Baptist Anglican Church
For over 200 years, this site has been a place of Christian worship. Situated beside the Old Ferry Road in Poplar Grove (near Avondale and Newport Landing on the Bay of Fundy), St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 908 Avondale Road, was originally built by the Methodists, possibly as early as 1794; the present building is most likely not the original structure. In 1863, the Baptists bought the building and used it until 1872. Except for occasional use by the Presbyterians, it remained closed until 1924 when it was bought by the Anglicans.
Today, people of all faiths welcome the peace and quiet found in this unique church. During Sung Evensong, with candles all aglow and the beautiful oil lamps lit, we are reminded of simpler times.
Location: 908 Avondale Road, Poplar Grove
Contact: Hugh MacNeil, 902 634-9994
St. John's Anglican Church Port Williams
The history of the Parish of Cornwallis dates back to 1761, a few short years after the deportment of the Acadians. Construction of St. John’s Cornwallis Anglican Church in Port Williams began in 1804 but because of lack of funds at the time the interior wasn’t completed until 1812. Over the years various additions and repairs have been made including an extension of the chancel and a change of seating in 1888 to create a third aisle of pews. The stained glass windows are outstanding with a number of memorials gracing its walls. The beauty of the sanctuary, the warmth of wood and wonderful acoustic make this church a unique setting for Musique Royale performances.
Location: 1105 Church Street, Port Williams
Contact: Diana Shelley, 902 542-7476
Paroisse Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Parish) in Saulnierville was founded in 1880 by Father Jean-Marie Gay; in 1890 it split away from the mother parish, St. Mary’s Parish in Church Point (Paroisse Sainte-Marie à la Pointe-de-l’Eglise). Since then, Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Parish has almost always been overseen by the fathers of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, (Eudist priests).
Église Sacré-Coeur dates from the founding of the parish (1880). It is currently the oldest parish church in the Clare region (one of the few parish churches to have escaped the ravages of fire). It was built entirely by the parishioners who gave generously of their time and scarce financial and material resources. The church went through a number of renovations, the most recent from 1977 to 1979, under the leadership of pastor Claude Côté, CJM to mark the centenary of the parish in 1980. Further renovations were made from 2007 to 2012.
La Paroisse Sacré-Coeur de Saulnierville fut fondée en 1880 par l’abbé Jean-Marie Gay et en 1890 elle fut détachée de la paroisse-mère de toute la région, Sainte-Marie de la Pointe-de-l’Église. L’église actuelle date de la fondation de la paroisse (1880). Il s’agit de la plus vieille église paroissiale de la région de Clare. Elle fut entièrement construite par les habitants de la paroisse qui donnèrent généreusement de leur temps et de leurs maigres ressources financières et matérielles.
Location: 9650 Route 1, Saulnierville, Nova Scotia, B0W 2Z0
Contact: Lynn Surette
The Osprey Arts Centre
The Osprey Arts Centre vision sees a community where all members, youth, adult and senior, and culturally diverse, have access to high quality performing arts events, both amateur and professional, to be a place where people turn for training in the arts and to be available to all members of the community as a place to perform. Open year round, the Osprey exhibits visual art and presents popular and classical music, live theatre, summer arts camps for kids, a literary festival, and book launches. It hosts events across Shelburne County in schools and other venues and rents its space to community groups and for public and private functions such as weddings, meetings, conferences, and lectures. The Centre is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and three part-time staff.
Location: 107 Water Street, Shelburne
Contact: Alex Buchanan, 902 875-2359
Ste Anne du Ruisseau
Eglise Ste-Anne Church
Eglise Ste-Anne Church is the oldest Acadian parish on mainland Nova Scotia. In 1799, Father Jean Mandé Sigogne officially founded the parish of Ste-Anne. In 1808 a new church was constructed to serve the growing Acadian population in the area. However, the structure caught fire in 1900 and burned to the ground. The parish built a new church over a six month period, and opened to the public for Christmas mass in 1900.
La paroisse Ste-Anne fut fondée le 4 juillet 1799 avec l’arrivée de l’abbé Jean-Mande Sigogne. La chapelle et le cimetière, circa 1784, se trouvent moins qu’un kilomètre de l’église actuelle fut au service des fidèles jusqu’à ce qu’une nouvelle église soit complétée en 1808. Cette église passa aux feux le 24 mars 1900. L’église actuelle fut construite en 1900, à temps pour célébrer la messe de minuit la même année. Sa beauté remarquable à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur, ses nombreuses peintures originales et ses vitraux font en sorte que chaque année un grand nombre de visiteurs s’arrêtent pour l’apprécier.
Contact: Joan Semple
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
St. Patrick’s Museum was originally built as a Roman Catholic Church in 1828. The church stands on the former site of a wooden edifice built for the pioneers in 1805. The congregation came from North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Bras d’Or, Low Point and Louisbourg. In 1850 a balcony was added to accommodate the burgeoning population of the area. Due to the increasing size of the congregation, a new church, Sacred Heart, was later built on George Street.
Our Venue Chair is Jim McNeil and the Old Sydney Society
Location: 643 Main St, Sydney Mines
Contact: Jim McNeil
Sharon United Church
Tatamagouche is situated where the rivers French and Waugh enter a natural harbour, and it gets its name from the Mi’kmaq ‘Takumegooch’ meaning ‘meeting of the waters’. In 1755 the British expelled the Acadians and the village was destroyed. All that remains from that period are some Acadian dykes and French place names. Protestant repopulation began in 1765 followed by a sizeable shipbuilding industry. Recently restored, the former Tatamagouche Creamery buildings comprise a complex that houses the popular year-round Farmers Market and Creamery Museum. The Performing Arts Centre for the Creamery complex is currently under construction.
The concert venue in Tatamagouche is the historic Sharon United Church, 15 Church Street, with its fine acoustics. Built in 1854 to serve local Presbyterians, it became Sharon United Church in 1925 following church union. The building was enlarged in 1871, an organ was added in 1888, and in 1930 the old closed-in pews were replaced by the present ones.
With acknowledgements to Sharon United Church and Fulton’s Pharmacy in River John and Tatamagouche.
Location: 15 Church Street, Tatamagouche
Contact: Ann Manicom, 902 657-2699
Manning Memorial Chapel
Wolfville is a town of elegance and charm set amid natural wonders. Stately elms, manicured lawns, and the rich architecture of its century old homes gives Wolfville an historic grace and unprecedented charm. Home of Acadia University, one of Canada’s finest undergraduate schools, Wolfville is considered the academic and cultural centre of the Annapolis Valley. The university had no chapel until 1960, when major funds were provided by the Fred C. Manning Charitable Fund. The Manning Memorial Chapel, an American Colonial brick structure was opened in October of 1963. Of particular note is the classical Baroque organ in the balcony and the spectacular front stained glass windows with their images outlined in gold leaf.
Location: 45 Acadia St., Wolfville
Contact: Nancy Burbidge