The Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra is a non-profit group of classics – loving musicians who bring Baroque era and other classic works to our Kamloops community.
The Baroque era (1600 to 1750) followed the Renaissance music era, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. Well known composers of the Baroque era include Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Telemann, Pergolesi, and Pachelbel. The Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra brings these works to life, often in full period costumes right down to the buckles and wigs.
The Kamloops Baroque Orchestra Society is a non-profit society doing business as the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra and successor to the Kamloops Intermediate Orchestra Society. Originally founded by David Marden for strings students to have a venue to hone their skills, the Society transitioned to cover the Thompson Rivers Orchestra under the direction of Peter Ward. Since 2012, the Society has supported the work of the Brandenburg under the direction of Cvetozar Vutev. The Orchestra has grown in numbers and skills and with talented amateurs from Kamloops and all over the Interior of British Columbia. The classics are presented with flair and intensity.
Three concerts over the year feature baroque music, symphonic music, and light opera. Innovative venues even include the great outdoors, such as Riverside Park for Handel’s Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and the Vernon Proms Summer Music Festival.
The Orchestra has participated in oratorio performances together with the Vivace Chorale in major works such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B-minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.