The setting is still idyllic and the music remains magnificent.
The only difference is an old paddlewheeler won’t be part of a Labour Day Weekend chamber music concert as planned.
Insurance has proved too costly for a group of Kamloops classical musicians who had hoped to perform Handel’s Water Music on board the historic Wanda Sue for a beachfront audience at Riverside Park.
“When it came time to get quotes on the insurance, it was way too expensive for us. We’re just a really small collective of musicians; we don’t have huge grants,” said Chamber Musicians of Kamloops (CMK) member Daniela O’Fee.
The concert will still go ahead on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. but the stage will either be Riverside Park’s bandshell or a makeshift stage close to the water. The group was expected to decide on the location by today.
Handel’s Water Music was originally performed on a royal barge on the River Thames for King George I, which is why the Kamloops musicians wanted a floating stage.
“It’s a bit disappointing,” said Robin Suddaby, CMK chair.
“. . . but we’ll still have lovely music. The show must go on, as they say.”