The past two decades have seen the core ensemble of bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly cellist Christoph Both and organist Peter Togni develop and refine a unique sound of immense dynamic and tonal range. Their many performances in St Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, Canada attract hundreds of listeners each year, and it is clear that the soaring, rich acoustics of the church have contributed massively to the ensemble’s characteristic sound. The members of Sanctuary are dedicated to live performance and the trio re-defines accepted traditions of presentation. A Sanctuary concert is a unique contemplative experience, more of a personal sonic journey than any form of conventional concert.
Sanctuary started in 1998 as an informal series of concerts at St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax. Since then the three members have performed across three continents.
Sanctuary has performed with a wide range of choirs across Canada, Germany and Latvia. They have presented concerts with the world-renowned trombonist Alain Trudel, Electro Acoustic percussionist Jerry Granelli and the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan orchestra. In 2003 the ensemble formed its own string orchestra, which now performs regularly in the Halifax concerts.
Great emphasis has always been placed on creating new works from within the trio and commissioning works for its extended collaborations. Over the past years the group has created or commissioned over 25 new works. In a time where the classical music world has become saturated with unoriginal ‘cross-over’ recordings, Sanctuary’s work is more than just a breath of fresh air. In terms of both concept and execution it is almost entirely unprecedented.
We are very excited to have released our new Sanctuary CD "Estuary" which is the result of creative collaboration over the last 2 years.