April 25th Live Stream concert from the Victoria International Marina

Island Return It, platinum sponsor of Music by the Sea
We are excited to bring you another live streamed concert in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the arts.

Exclusive Sponsor of the April 25th concert live from the Victoria International Marina:

Island Return It

Family owned and operated since 1995 and a supporter of Music by the Sea for over 10 years.

Since day one, Island Return It has strived to make recycling a convenient and easy part of your lifestyle. They brought bottle depots out of the traditionally dark industrial site/junkyard locations by offering customers bright, clean, well-organized and centrally located recycling centres on the Island.

Visit the Island Return It website to find the location nearest you.

March 28th Live Stream concert from the Victoria International Marina


We are excited to bring you another live streamed concert in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the arts.

Exclusive Sponsor of the March 28th concert live from the Victoria International Marina:

Jane Johnston, Realtor

Jane is a community connector, ensuring her clients have a top notch real estate experience. It’s all about quality of service, and Jane is connected to various communities in Victoria through her work as a Realtor, the former Executive Managing Director of eWomenNetwork, the former President of the Capital City Executives’ Association and now as coach for the Esquimalt Speed Skating Club and the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club.

She’s the recipient of many awards from Pemberton Holmes Rookie of the Year, multiple Victoria Board MLS GOLD awards, RE/MAX Chairman’s and Platinum Awards and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.

Email Jane now to discuss your personal real estate needs and see how she can help you achieve your goals and dreams, BriarHillGroup@gmail.com.

May 30th Live Stream concert from the Victoria International Marina

We are excited to bring you another live streamed concert in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the arts.

We are excited to announce our 2021 Mentorship Program
and Music By The Sea 2021 Fellowship Artist Chamber Music Concert on July 21, 2021

We have good news! With the updated PHO health guidelines, we will begin transitioning to in-person concerts!

Although the ongoing pandemic prevented us from putting together a full festival (which takes a whole year to organize), we will be proceeding with a smaller scale version of the mentorship program in Bamfield. This July we are providing this opportunity to a select group of some of the best developing young string players in Canada.  They will be brought to Bamfield for the Music by the Sea Fellowship Artist Mentorship Program and be mentored by Steven Dann who has headed up this very focused and transformational experience since its inception. Following their residency in Bamfield they will come to Victoria and Music by the Sea will present them in concert on July 21st, at 8:00pm, at the Victoria International Marina. Click here to buy tickets!

To help make this program a success, we are asking for donations, click here to support this program. We look forward to providing this opportunity to emerging artists in these beautiful locations.

Programme Faculty:
Steven Dann, viola

Fellowship Artists:
Isabel Lago, violin
Madeline Hocking, violin
Kendra Gritanni, cello
Julien Altmann, viola

Our Mentorship Programme and July concert will continue to adhere to full health guidelines in accordance with the PHO’s guidance.

Programme

Haydn op 76 #4  “The Sunrise”  (1796)

Allegro con spirito
Adagio
Minuet allegro
Finale allegro, ma non troppo

Isabel Lago, Madeline Hocking, violins; Steven Dann, viola; Kendra Grittani, cello

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Benjamin Britten quartet #1 op 25   (1942)

Andante sostenuto-allegro vivo
Allegretto con slancio
Andante calms
Motto vivace

Madeline Hocking, Isabel Lago, violins; Julien Altmann, viola; Kendra Grittani, cello

Intermission

Brahms string quintet op 88   (1882)

Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Grave ed appassionato
Allegro energico

Isabel Lago, Madeline Hocking, violins; Julien Altmann, Steven Dann, violas; Kendra Grittani, cello

Thank You for Your Support

This year has presented many difficulties for charities that would normally hold events in a venue with large gatherings. Music by the Sea adjusted to the realities of COVID-19 in 2020 by presenting 11 live streamed concerts from May till the end of August. We realized that we had inadvertently fine-tuned a concert format that would be an ideal platform for other charities to take advantage of to raise funds in lieu of holding events in a venue with large gatherings. This cooperation of Music by the Sea, Victoria Hospitals Foundation and The Victoria International Marina, was “a marriage made in heaven.” We were excited by the possibilities of what these events might accomplish in support of the arts and the hospitals in Victoria.

2020 was to be the 15th season of Music by the Sea and the company planned to extend the season to bring a series of concerts to Victoria following the festival in Bamfield. “The Victoria run was to be in the new Victoria International Marina on the Inner Harbour” explains Donison, “and we are grateful for their continued support during this time of great change.” The Marina, PK Sound and Darcy Beck Productions have made it possible for Music by the Sea to gather musicians to perform together and live stream these concerts. These special telethon-style concerts were free to view with an option to make a donation. All monies raised were shared equally among MBTS and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. We curated the music programme to be especially enjoyable for all people who may be in the hospital or any other care facilities anywhere. Indeed, we hoped to reach as many as possible in the community.

Since 2006, the annual Music by the Sea Festival and the MBTS Fellowship Artist Mentorship School has gathered professional musicians from around the globe in Bamfield, at the beautiful Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on the edge of the Pacific. Music by the Sea looks forward to a return to Bamfield for Music by the Sea 2021.

We thank you for your ongoing support, it has truly made a difference.

Exclusive sponsor for the February 21st live-streaming event:

Exotic Stone the exclusive sponsor for the live-streaming event

Who’s playing?

Sunday, May 30th, 2021, 7:30pm (PDT)
Music by the Sea Director, Christopher Donison will play the Abbey Road album on the piano. Tune in on Facebook or Youtube to experience this memorable performance.

Music by the Sea live at Victoria International Marina

All monies raised will be shared equally among the arts and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

Music by the Sea welcomes 10 of Canada’s finest established and emerging artists to Victoria for a live concert to be streamed online Sunday, August 30.

The artists, many of whom were scheduled to participate in the Music by the Sea festival in Bamfield, BC, this summer, will form a jazz quintet and a classical string quintet for a full program of music featuring both genres of music. The concert will be live streamed on https://www.facebook.com/MusicByTheSea/live/

Sponsors for this event are:

Victoria International Marina  (a partner in the project)
Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Media Sponsors:
C-FAX 1070
CTV Vancouver Island

Classical piano quintet:
Mary Sokol, violin  (Vancouver)
Steven Dann, viola  (Toronto)
Hannah Craig, cello  (Victoria)
David Brown, double bass (Vancouver)
Rosemary O’Connor, piano (Vancouver)

Jazz Quintet:
John Stetch, piano  (Vancouver)
Buff Allen, drums  (Vancouver)
Jared Burrows, guitar  (Vancouver)
Russ Botten, bass  (Vancouver)
Mike Allen saxophones  (Vancouver)

Pay What You Want and all monies raised will be shared equally among the artists.

“This streaming event promises to be something unique”, says Music by the Sea Artistic Director Christopher Donison. “We have two stages in the Victoria International Marina and four cameras, and we will segue between musical genres with potentially three sets from each quintet.” 2020 was to be the 15th season of Music by the Sea and the company planned to extend the season to bring a series of concerts to Victoria following the festival in Bamfield. “The Victoria run was to be in the new Victoria International Marina on the Inner Harbour” explains Donison, “and we are grateful for their continued support during this time of great change. The Marina, PK Sound and Darcy Beck Productions have made it possible for us to gather musicians from across the country to perform together and to live stream this single concert. Online viewing is free with an option to Pay What You Want and all monies raised will be shared equally among the artists”.

Since 2006, the annual Music by the Sea Festival has gathered professional musicians from around the globe in Bamfield, a speck on the map of Vancouver Island, to make music surrounded by boundless nature. In addition, the MBTS Fellowship Artist Mentorship program invites some of the most promising young emerging artists from around the world to participate in a transformational residency of intensive chamber music studies. The music residency of emerging and professional artists culminates in a series of summer concerts that attract a growing number of adventurous music lovers to the beautiful Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries on the edge of the Pacific. Music by the Sea looks forward to a return to Bamfield for Music by the Sea 2021.

Sponsors for this event are:

Victoria International Marina  (a partner in the project)
Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Moes Home Victoria
Darcy beck Productions Inc

Dear Music by the Sea Patrons,

We are announcing today that the 2020 MBTS season has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are all very disappointed. We delayed as long as possible before having to make this decision.
Although normally there is a “no refund policy” for our tickets, these are extraordinary circumstances. For those who have already purchased tickets we will provide a refund if you choose. We would like you to consider, however, the option of receiving a tax receipt for your payment or the option of using your ticket for an alternative MBTS season. The MBTS box office will be contacting you all in the very near future.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for the support of the community of Bamfield. That support over these 15 years has enabled Music by the Sea to become the experience that so many audiences and professional artists from across Canada and around the world have come to celebrate. We are currently exploring other ways in which Music by the Sea may have a presence this year, so please stayed tuned!

Again,
Many, MANY thanks
Yours Sincerely,


Christopher Donison, Artistic Director
And for the Music by the Sea Board of Directors.

Each Concert Features a Wide Range Of World-Class Performances

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

Concerts at Victoria International Marina

Mark these dates!  July 29 to August 1, 2020.

Victoria International Marina will host Music by the Sea in four concerts. This will be the inaugural season for this celebrated musical company to be heard in Victoria.  For 15 years it has only been available to those who would venture to the isolated village of Bamfield on the westcoast of Vancouver Island where it attracts international jazz and classical artists from around the world.  This year, following the Bamfield Festival, the full company will come to the city for a week-long run from July 29 to August 1, leading up to the Victoria Symphony Splash event on August 2. This series of concerts at the Marina will indeed still be “music by the sea”, since the new Victoria International Marina boasts the newest spectacular harbour front location in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The sunset in the harbour by the sea will be the backdrop to the musicians’ elite performances of classical, jazz, and vocal music.  Tickets from $75 to $95 will be available February 1.  Phone 250-888-7772 for additional information.

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our online box office.

Please call 250-888-7772 to purchase tickets.

*All concert programming subject to change

Each Concert Features a Wide Range Of World-Class Performances

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

Thank you Tom Lee Music
and Long & McQuade

Tom Lee Music has consistently provided the best piano possible for our music events in Victoria.  And Long & McQuade has supported our festival with all our equipment needs since we started in 2007!  MANY thanks to both great companies! We salute you for your commitment to the arts in our community and support of Music by the Sea!

Tom Lee Music
Lon and McQuade Musical Instruments

Thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support

Music by the Sea wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors.

Click here to learn more about the organizations who’s generosity make this wonderful festival a reality.

A True West Coast Adventure

tour group experiencing the traditional first nations village of KiixinExplore Kiix̣in

The traditional village of the Huu-ay-aht people

Check back in 2019 for more information.

Click Here to learn more
email info@kiixin.ca or call 250-735-3432.

How are you getting there?

Pacific Seaplanes

Music By the Sea 2018, Bamfield BC

We Fly There!

Learn more about flying with Pacific Seaplanes

Pacific Seaplanes
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From C to C to C

Learn more about the Great Canadian Horn Project!

Watch the video
Featured in the “GO!” section of the Times Colonist
Read the article here!
Featured on the “TheStar.com”
Read the article here!

Video by Cedarwood Productions

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Performing Artists

Check out the talented artists who have performed at Music by the Sea.

Bamfield performance in the evening

MBTS 2020 Tickets!

Click here get your tickets for MBTS 2020, July 18–26!

Ocean view in Bamfield

Travel to Bamfield BC

Plan your adventure to Music by the Sea 2020!

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Amazing Artists

Get to know the 2020 Company! Click here to learn about the artists we’re excited to welcome to Bamfield this season.

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Music by the Sea Residency Programme

Read about Chris Donnelly’s experience at his MBTS residency.

Rix Venue Music by the Sea

Concert Schedule 2019

Take a look at the 2019 concert schedule, happening July 20–28