The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir has just announced a $3 million revitalization project to improve its home venue at Trinity-St Paul’s in Toronto. ERA Architects is pleased to be working with Tafelmusik to raise the standards of the venue and transform its acoustics.
Trinity-St. Paul’s, designed by Edmund Burke and Henry Langley and completed in 1889, is a remarkable work of Romanesque Revival architecture that has become a much-loved local venue and a centre for progressive community engagement. Tafelmusik has used Trinity-St. Paul’s as its home venue since its founding in 1981, and over the years has achieved international prominence as a period performance ensemble. By embarking on the new revitalization program, Tafelmusik will raise the quality of its already-popular home venue to these international standards.
ERA is working with renowned UK acoustician Bob Essert of Sound Space Design and Montreal-based Anne Minors Performance Consultants to transform the venue’s acoustics; improve its seating, safety, and accessibility; and rejuvenate several details of the heritage architecture. As part of these efforts, the team will be installing a system of acoustic wood battens and other acoustic upgrades; exposing and stabilizing creaky wooden floors; constructing a new, permanent hardwood stage; and providing new, ergonomically designed seating.
Tafelmusik has embarked on a campaign to raise $3 million and has already received a $500,000 matching grant from Cultural Spaces Canada. To learn more, or to contribute to this exciting project, please visit Tafelmusik’s website.