History of TACTUS

our first photo
the two outside seated men are no longer with us:
tenor, Glenn Peirson and counter-tenor Richard Cunningham

We’re now a CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION, making donations to TACTUS meaningful at Income Tax Time! We have a SERIES SUBSCRIPTION, and we’re continuing to offer UNIQUE MUSICAL QUALITY.

March 11, 2012
The Registry Theatre

What….HENRY’S Messiah?

You read that right. Handel wasn’t the only one to set those familiar texts to music.

Henry Purcell beat him to it, and you can hear these remarkable settings on March 11.  Toronto violinist and bow-maker Stephen Marvin returns to lead Nota Bene and special guests Tactus Vocal Ensemble in this not-to-be-missed event. Bring your Messiah ears and prepare to compare these two English compositional giants.

Tickets for all concerts can be purchased through the Centre in the Square Box office at 519-578-1570.  Adults: $28.00 Seniors: $25.00 Students under 18: $5.00 Students Over 18: $15.00.  Save with Classics at the Registry Subscriptions: visit www.registrytheatre.com for more information.

“Gabriel’s Greeting”

Seasonal music of Annunciation: Magnificats, Motets, Carols and Wassails

TACTUS with guests Greensleaves on period instruments

Sunday Nov. 8, 2009
Sundays@3 series at Dublin Street United Church, Guelph

“Mad Matthew”

The many masks of Mad Matthew, the mummer

commission by Barrie Cabena

featuring Tactus; Michael Bloss, organ; Doug Peirson, narrator

TACTUS is singing as part of the

Stratford Summer Music Festival, 2009


Mad Matthew

world premier commission by Barrie CabenaLenten masterworks, Renaissance and recent

Michael Bloss, organ

Saturday, April 4, 8:00 p.m.St. John’s-Kilmarnock Chapel

Shakespeare’s Music: Rhyme & Reason

Guelph MusicfestSunday, May 10, 3:00 p.m.

Guelph Youth Music Centre, Recital Hall


Advent & Christmas Music:

from 16th century Spain to 19th century Appalachia

TACTUS Vocal Ensemble

with special guests:

Sara Lynn Weiler, harp, and Jay Weiler, violin

Friday November 28, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

The Registry Theatre

122 Frederick Street, Kitchener

“Come celebrate the season as only TACTUS can – Victoria’s magnificent Missa O Magnum Mysterium interspersed with Renaissance motets, ancient carols and Christmas music from the folk traditions of Britain and the hills of Appalachia!

with guests: JANE WATSON, actor; JOHN WATSON, actor; LINDA MELSTED, Renaissance violin; TERRY MCKENNA, lute


Contributor to an exciting benefit:4Gs Fundraising Concert

on behalf of The Stephen Lewis Foundation

ALL PROCEEDS will go toThe Stephen Lewis Foundation

… easing the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa …


Guelph Youth Music Centre; Part of The Community Cultural Festival: Shakespeare ~ made in Canada

Wednesday March 14, 2007 at 12:30 p.m.

Conrad Grebel Noon Hour Concert

TACTUS Vocal Ensemble (a cappella) – European Renaissance Masterworks

Chapel at Conrad Grebel University College

February 24 & 24 at 7:30

TACTUS Vocal Ensemble withGrand Philharmonic Choir-Chamber Singers

directed by Howard Dyck Visit: KWphilharmonic.com

J.S. Bach: Jesu, Meine Freude

Schuetz: Musikalische Exequien

Gottfried August Homilius: Motets

Christmas TACTUS

Friday December 1, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.; Parkminster United Church, Waterloo