A Happy Christmas Story!

Thanks to careful handling of our finances ( i.e. ticket money and some very valued donations) we have been able to limit our costs, aside from musicians' fees,  to the minimal, which has been resulted in a surplus. 
This money should not stay in the bank - our committee has decided it would be a good idea to offer a bursary to some children for music lessons. 
I have handed over a cheque for $ 1000 to the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts. The School has never failed, over the years,  to recommend our Candlelight Concerts to students, parents and teachers. They have provided page turners and the occasional performer. Hezekiah Leung, now the violist of the Rolston String Quartet that performed for us in October, was one of them. Bariton Andrew Greenwood, expected to perform this coming March, is another.
Please read how Robert Hornsey, director of the Music School, has decided to use our gift. 

I have been working with Yumiko and the ISS (Immigration Services Society) to identify appropriate recipients for the most generous $1000.00 donation/scholarship/bursary given to our Academy from the Maple Ridge Music Society. We have awarded four months of 1 on 1 piano lessons to each of Zeena Al-Jumaili (13) and sister Mina (7). We also included borrowing of a digital key board, stand and books so they can practice at home. As a companion award through the Judith Bergthorson Memorial Fund and BCMEPS (Bergthorson Community Music Education Performance Society) we have also offered 4 months of guitar lessons and use of a classical guitar to 14 year old sister Fatima Al-Jumaili. Their father's name is Fakhri oday Al-Jumali. They are a Muslim family that has come from Iraq to Dubai and then Canada. They are living at the Ford Road Housing Co-op in Pitt Meadows. I would also like to sponsor bringing them all to one of the Candlelight concerts some time in the future. I have attached a picture of this lovely family to share with your MRMS members. Thank you all for your generous support of music and new Canadians. Judith Bergthorson and I always said the purpose of our Academy was to use music to change peoples' lives. I can think of no better example of what Judith had envisioned. I am sure she is smiling down appreciatively of what she would call this "elegant occurrence."

Cheers, Robert Hornsey

I am confident that you will find this a happy Christmas story.

Best regards, 
Josine Eikelenboom
for the
Maple Ridge Music Society 


Sunday November 19, 2017

Katherine Chi - Piano 
  • CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (arr. Alexander Siloti) – Melody from Orfeo ed Euridice 
  • SAMUIL FEINBERG –  Sonata No. 1 Op. 1  
  • LUDWIG van  BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op 53 “Waldstein”               
  • SERGEI RACHMANINOFF – 9 √Čtudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 
Click here for program!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rolston String Quartet
Luri Lee, violin
Jeffrey Dyrda, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola 
Jonathan Lo, cello 
  • LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN – String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op.18, No.3
  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY – String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
  • PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY – String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Click here for program. 


Summer Festival pictures!

Click here for pictures of the Stradivari String Ensemble concert at St. George's Anglican Church on Saturday, 26 August 2017

Click here for pictures of the 
brass quintet concert at Westacres on Sunday, 27 August 2017, 

Click here for pictures of the evening chamber music concert at Westacres on Sunday, 27 August 2017. 

"The Sunday evening performance was incredibly inspired. So was the orchestra  - a mix of professionals and Conservatory students. It sounded fantastic in that church. And the brass was fun and very relaxing."


2017-2018 Brochure

The new brochure is out! Click on the link top right!



Saturday, March 4, 7:30 pm

Harriet Krijgh – cello & Magda Amara – piano

  • Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58
  • Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94
  • Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata, Op. 19