During a concentrated period in the summer musicians would take in the powerful inspiration this stunning part of the world elicits—and it would focus the muse. And as the years passed, the music would draw audiences to a region which is ascendant—which is growing, culturally and economically—the Pacific Northwest. I invite you to share in this vision.”
I wrote the above two paragraphs back in 2006 and we are now embarked upon our 11th Anniversary Season! In 2012 we began a winter artist-residency programme and a summer Mentoring School just prior to the summer festival. After having completed the third year of a tremendously successful Mentoring Programme, led by Steven Dann and Marc Ryser, we now have in place all three of the elements (albeit at a modest scale) of the full performing arts centre that we have envisioned from the outset. Our artistic reputation continues to grow and resonate throughout the arts community in Canada and I invite you to peruse past programmes and artist-rosters…I continue to marvel at them. This year we have an even more extraordinary company of artists and programme than ever!
As we move into our Eleventh Anniversary Season, I encourage you to make plans for MBTS in July of 2016. We have some very special surprises in the works and I recommend that you book now for the Festival beginning on July 2nd. All of this progress to date could not be possible without the support of all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, artists, audiences, Members of the Board of Directors, and a host of other MBTS friends—and I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to them all.
Founder and Executive Artistic Director,
Music by the Sea at Bamfield British Columbia