‘Now is the Month of Maying’ for Penticton Academy of Music

Those looking to jump into spring and make some music can visit the Penticton Academy of Music's garden party.

The Penticton Academy of Music is hosting its second annual Early Music Garden Party.

The informal evening is for participants to enjoy the Leir House gardens, have a glass of wine and sing music from the 1500s.

Singers and anyone who has brought an instrument will pick up a songbook at the event, and be led through a variety of music by Penticton Academy of Music artistic director, Tracy Stuchbery.

Last year close to 60 singers, violinists and a group of recorder players from Kelowna sight-read madrigals and choral music by composers such as William Byrd, Jacques Arcadelt and Thomas Morley.

“Most of this kind of music is relatively easy to pick up and sing, which makes it perfect for an informal garden party,” Stuchbery said. “We had so much fun last year. We’re hoping for the same enthusiastic turnout this year.”

The Early Music Garden Party will take place on May 16, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Leir House (220 Manor Park Ave., Penticton).  Admission is by donation to the Penticton Academy of Music bursary fund, and includes finger food and a glass of wine.

For more information, please contact the Academy at: 250- 493-7977 or info@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca.

Those who aren’t quite prepared to jump in and sing are welcome to simply come and listen to this delightful music from long ago come to life.


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