LOUISBOURG CHOIR, professional and unique
Founded in 2006, Louisbourg Choir, under the direction of Monique Richard, has quickly established itself among New Brunswick’s cultural landscape. It has been recognized as one of the best choirs in the province by both the world of music and the general public. From its beginnings, the choir’s directors have wished to go beyond the boundaries of Greater Moncton to reach the greatest possible number of people. The Louisbourg Choir was resident choir of the Sackville Festival of Early Music from 2006 to 2014. Each season, the choir travelled the province of New Brunswick to perform in various towns and cities. In May 2015, Service d’Action Culturelle et Artistique de l’Université PARIS 8 invited the Louisbourg Choir to take part in Rencontres Chorales 2015, dedicating the event to Acadian music. The choir performed six concerts either with other Parisian choirs or on its own. The group collaborates regularly with Symphony New Brunswick and other groups such as Atlantic Ballet Theatre.
Although the Louisbourg Choir has distinguished itself as specializing in early music with period instrument accompaniment, it embraces other musical periods on occasion. The interpretation of pieces by contemporary composers is also of great importance to the choir. In recent years, it performs pieces by Richard Gibson and commissioned works from emerging composers like Matthew C. Lane and James Fogarty.
Intent on diversifying their repertoire, members of the choir have worked with renowned conductors such as the late Christopher Jackson, Alexander Weimann, Denis Gautheyrie, and more recently, Andrew McAnerney.
In autumn 2018, the choir launches its first CD dedicated to love songs from Acadie and French composer Jacotin Le Bel (v.1495-v.1556), under the ATMA classique label.