This summer, as the Festival of the Sound presents its 34th season, we will be celebrating the Charles W. Stockey Centre’s 10th birthday. We will be honouring those who worked to make our dream come true by revisiting many of the events we have been able to enjoy only because that dream became a reality.
I am always excited to experience the joy and amazement that my musician colleagues feel when they enter the Stockey Centre for the first time. The smiles on their faces when they first start to play continue to fill me with an overwhelming sense of pride and joy.
Studies have shown that most people attending their first classical music concerts were invited by a friend. My friends, allow me to invite you to our 34th season of wonderful music making in what many call Canada’s most intimate and acoustically perfect concert hall, the Charles W. Stockey Centre.
James Campbell clarinet
James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has programmed over 1500 events for the festival. He has taken festival musicians to London...
James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has programmed over 1500 events for the festival. He has taken festival musicians to London for three series in Wigmore Hall, on two tours to Japan, three to the Netherlands, and two to the US. The festival has been the subject of television documentaries by CBC, TV Ontario, and the BBC.
Called “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist”, James Campbell has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 30 countries with over 65 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the legendary Amadeus Quartet when he replaced an ailing Benny Goodman on a tour of California. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available. He has won a Juno, been named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honourary Doctor of Laws, and the Order of Canada.
He has been Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music, of Indiana University since 1988. Jim and Carol always look forward to returning "home" to their cottage on Blackwater Lake.