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Live samba and Brazilian jazz standards performed by the Halleys and friends with dinner, dancing, and more! Proceeds benefit Capella Regalis Choirs. Join us on February 11 in Halifax. Click here for info & tickets.

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio creates “Instinctual harmony in a language unspoken” – The Lakeville Journal

“Home Is Where The Heart Is” – The Lakeville Journal, published November 21, 2023.

“In each piece, the music flowed into the room like ocean waves, rhythmic and soothing, Wijeratne played piano with crystalline precision and emotion, the bass of Suters poured through the notes like honey. Halley’s wild percussions, played mostly with his fingers on drum kit, frame drums bendhir and riq specifically — “and the odd bells and whistles, doctoring up the kit with old shirts and weird stuff like that,” laughed Halley — provided the structure beneath the music. Playing together, the three musicians created an instinctual harmony in a language unspoken.” – Jennifer Almquist

A Chorister’s Christmas 2023 – Lunenburg, Halifax, & ONLINE

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, directed by Nick Halley, presents A Chorister’s Christmas 2023. The 14th season of this beloved Christmas concert series features an all-new program of some of the greatest works inspired by Christmas from throughout the centuries, from Hildegard to Britten to Bach, as well as specially programmed pieces to highlight collaborating artists Maritime Brass Quintet and organist Paul Halley. Tickets & details at capellaregalis.com/events

Nov 12 – Dinuk Wijeratne Trio @ The Norfolk Library (CT, USA)

Don’t miss this exciting performance of jazz/world music by the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio on Sunday, November 12, at 4:30 p.m. The Trio includes Dinuk Wijeratne on piano, Nick Halley on drums, and Jon Suters on bass. Dinuk Wijeratne is an award-winning Sri Lankan-born Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor. His boundary-crossing work has taken him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor, who grew up in Norfolk singing with Chorus Angelicus, founded by his father Paul Halley. Jon Suters is a seasoned bassist, based in southwestern Massachusetts.  Please register below for this free concert.

Nov 5 – Capella Regalis Choirs: Fauré Requiem / For All The City (A FREE Concert) Halifax, NS

Capella Regalis Choirs presents one of the world’s most revered masterworks of music in an uplifting FREE concert for Nova Scotians, to celebrate and honour all those who have gone before us. Directed by Nick Halley and performed by Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, Capella Regalis Girls Choir, and the All Saints Cathedral Choir, alongside a hand-picked orchestra of Nova Scotian musicians, Paul Halley on pipe organ, and baritone soloist Alexander Dobson. Advance seat reservations & details at capellaregalis.com/events.

 

October 21 – Upstream Music Concert, Halifax

The Canadian duo Flying Pooka (pianist Florian Hoefner and winds/vocal improviser Dani Oore) will be joined by guest artists Nick Halley (percussion) and Lukas Pearse (bass) in a concert presented by Upstream Music. Tickets & details at upstreammusic.org.

Roots of Strings: Music of Syria (Nazih Borish Trio)

World percussionist Nick Halley and Juno-nominated Canadian jazz and classical bassist Roberto Occhipinti join their dear friend Nazih in an enchanting collaboration to benefit Capella Regalis in this second annual “Nick & Friends” fall fundraising concert. Tickets & Info: capellaregalis.com.

July 23-28, 2023 – Boxwood Festival, Lunenburg NS

The Boxwood Festival is back for its 28th season! Nick Halley will be teaching and playing percussion at workshops and concerts through the week of July 23 – July 28, 2023. Headed up by Chris Norman, Boxwood brings together fabulous musicians from around the world for a week-long summer music festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia that celebrates traditional folk music and dance in its many expressions. Musicians of all levels are invited to participate in the workshops, and everyone is most welcome to attend the many public concerts. Visit Boxwood’s Facebook page for a full list of concerts, and boxwood.org to register for the workshops — including Nick’s Rhythm Workshop (M-F, 1-2:30 PM) and World Music Ensemble (M-TH, 3-4:15 PM), both held at the Lunenburg Academy!

June 6 – William Walton Facade – Scotia Festival of Music

Nick Halley will appear in the Scotia Festival of Music’s Highlight Concert #8 as one of two “reciters” narrating William Walton’s Façade, performed with an ensemble of instrumentalists. With Façade, Walton (at the age of only 20 years old!) captured the spirit of the 1920s, setting to music the riotously funny surrealist poems by the ultra-eccentric Edith Sitwell. Details & tickets at scotiafestival.com.