September 12 - 16, 2024

Thomas Baeté and Suren Barry

St John’s Centre for the Arts
Thursday 12 September – 7:00 PM

$25 at the door, $20 advanced rate, students $10. Email for advance reservation.


2513 Highway 206, Arichat
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Friday 13 September – 7:00 PM

$25. Partnership with Baddeck’s Midsummer Music Series. Tickets may be purchased at the door or during the two weeks prior to the concert at “Flying Kite Artisan Shop” in Baddeck and “The Herring Choker Deli” in Nyanza.

559 Chebucto St, Baddeck
Merigomish United Church
Saturday 14 September – 7:00 PM

$25 at the door, $20 advanced rate, students $10. For advance reservation, call Vickie 902 926 2556.


1587 Shore Road (Exit 27, off Highway 104), Merigomish
St. George's Anglican Church
Sunday 15 September – 4:00 PM

$25 at the door, $20 advanced rate, students $10. Email for advance reservation.

St. John's Anglican Church Wolfville
Monday 16 September – 7:00 PM

$25 at the door, $20 advanced rate, students $10. Email for ticketing questions.


160 Main Street, Wolfville


Thomas Baeté
songs / viola da gamba

Suren Barry


Musique Royale is delighted to feature two stunningly talented early music specialists as part of our 39th Summer Festival, Belgian viola da gamba player and singer Thomas Baeté, joined by powerhouse harpsichordist Suren Barry. These two tirelessly creative performers will perform at historic venues in Arichat, Baddeck, Merigomish, Parrsboro and Wolfville mid-September. Further details on their concert program will be released soon.

About the Artists

Thomas Baeté, songs, viola da gamba

The moment you play or sing music from a distant past back to life, two things happen: you make an instant, personal connection with that past, and at the same time you create something completely new and unique to that very moment.

The meeting of these seemingly opposite currents form the waves Thomas Baeté rides when he performs, researches, teaches and directs early music.

His instruments are the viola da gamba and the medieval fiddles, which he also uses to accompany his singing. Based in Belgium, his musical activities brought him to over 20 European countries, as well as Morocco, Peru, Colombia, the US of A, Canada, Georgia and Japan.

Exploring his passion for 14th Century polyphony, he founded the ensemble ClubMediéval, and his project Transports Publics brings unknown 17th Century music to the light.

Thomas teaches in Brussels and Leuven.

Suren Barry, harpsichord

Hailing from Ottawa, Suren has established himself as a versatile artist, equally at home on piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord. Regularly performing as part of Duo Octavian, a piano duo dedicated to commissioning new music and arranging orchestral works for two pianos, Suren’s fascination for improvisation has also inspired him to pursue fortepiano performance, focusing on Mozart and developing techniques for improvising cadenzas (which was the topic of his doctoral thesis at McGill’s Schulich School of Music).

This passion for improvisation recently led Suren to pursue a Master’s in Historical Performance on harpsichord at Juilliard. Over the past two years, Suren has performed with some of the world’s leading early music ensembles in France, Germany, and the US, such as Les Arts Florissants (led by William Christie), Yale’s Schola Cantorum (led by David Hill), and many others. A self-professed generalist, Suren is happiest when learning new things and engaging in conversation, and has perhaps spent more time playing chess than he cares to admit.