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The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is proud to present its most recent musical and cultural endeavor called Westminster Concerts. Inspired, once again, by London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy & Cultural Institutes Series,  the Cathedral will offer concerts organized in partnership with diplomatic missions located in Quebec City and Ottawa. The Westminster Concerts will not be an actual series, but rather timely events that will be announced in due time. Admission will be free, but the Cathedral will collect voluntary contributions at the end of the concerts.

The inaugural concert honours will go to the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa and will feature the Austrian-German duo Kleinhapl & Woyke at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on October 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Why call them Westminster Concerts?

The main reason behind the name refers to the 1931 Act designed to give effect to resolutions adopted at the 1926 and 1930 Imperial Conferences, more commonly known as the Statute of Westminster. This law allowed Canada’s sovereignty to be recognized, thereby conferring it all powers in the conduct of its international relations. It was in response to this law that nations and states were able to formally establish embassies and other foreign missions in Canada. The title is also a nod to the City of Westminster, where the most widely known Anglican site, Westminster Abbey, is located. The church of St Martin-in-the-Fields is also located in this historic district, and furthermore, is Buckingham Palace’s official parish.

Kleinhapl & Woyke

The Kleinhapl & Woyke Duo is composed of Austrian cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl and German pianist Andreas Woyke, which have, since 2003, performed as a duo all over the world and released a number of CD-recordings. For their recording of the sonatas by Dimitri Shostakovich, they were rewarded with the Pasticcio-Preis of the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation). Their most recent recording of the first three Beethoven sonatas has been honored with the Excellentia Award, as well as with a number of fantastic press reviews.

Friedrich Kleinhapl, an Austrian cellist with Belgian roots, completed his studies under Philippe Muller in Paris, and has collaborated intensively with Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga and Paul Tortelier. Friedrich Kleinhapl has performed in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Bologna, Warsaw, Zagreb as well as in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In 1998, he won a selective competition under a jury composed of members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The German pianist Andreas Woyke studied at the Cologne Conservatory and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has won countless awards, including first prize at the Competition for Twentieth Century Music in Vienna. Andreas Woyke has performed all over the world: at the Musikverein and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, at Radiohuset in Stockholm, at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at the South Africa State Theatre in Pretoria.

About the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Consecrated in August 1804, Holy Trinity is the first Anglican cathedral built outside the British Isles. In 1989, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recognized the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity as a place of national historic significance for its historical and architectural values. In the same year, it was also listed as a patrimonial building by the Government of Quebec. Modeled after London’s Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity also gets its inspiration from this church which has forged a strong musical identity over several decades and is now considered one of the most important places for classical music in London. Having initiated a decidedly musical shift at the beginning of 2015, the Cathedral’s ambition is now to become nothing less than the St Martin-in-the-Fields of Quebec City!

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