The atmosphere is heavenly and the acoustics divine.
Digby’s Trinity Anglican Church will be the stage for a series of concerts in the coming year.
The newly formed Trinity Arts Group has organized the concerts as a way to make the historical building more accessible to the public.
“We’re beginning with local talent,” says Douglas Hales, Trinity’s organist and music director, “but we hope in the future to bring in other musicians from around Nova Scotia and beyond.”
The concert series will begin with four short lunchtime concerts, every Wednesday in June. Timed to coincide with workplace lunch hours, the concerts will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:50.
Admission is by freewill donation and audience members are encouraged to bring their lunch along.
The lunchtime programs will feature organist Douglas Hales on June 4, flutist Mel Malton and Douglas Hales on June 11, saxophonist Peter Ormerod with Hales accompanying June 18, and for June 25 a variety concert “Songs from the Sea” is planned.
[Video of an impromptu jam around the organ with Hales, Malton and Ormerod playing Oh When the Saints Go Marching In, April 2014]
The Trinity Arts group will also present a jazz and gospel concert in September, a theatrical variety show in Trinity Hall in October, and a December children’s concert.
“The Hall has a wonderful stage which doesn’t get nearly enough use,” Rev. Malton says.
With plans afoot to expand accessibility and washroom facilities over the next while, Trinity’s congregation hopes to make both the church and the hall into places where the arts can thrive.
Trinity church, designated a Provincial Heritage Site, was built in 1878, replacing an earlier building dating from 1791, whose cornerstone was laid by the Province’s first Anglican Bishop, Charles Inglis. It contains an impressive series of stained-glass windows, artifacts and memorials, as well as a fine pipe organ, refurbished in 2010.