A classical musician performs in a house concert with Living Room Live. Submitted photo

Living Room Live wants to bring classical concerts to Quesnel

They’ve organized tours around Manitoba, Saskatchewan and southern B.C.

Classical pianist Nicola Davies started Living Room Live with a friend in Winnipeg last year.

The company sees classical musicians off on tours across Canada, where they play house concerts and spend a night billeting at their host’s home. The concerts are intimate, personal, and open up the ability of the musician to better connect to their concert.

Since last May, Davies has sent musicians on four tours, three on the Man. to Sask. tour and the other on a route around Southern B.C., from Vancouver Island to Nelson.

Now, Davies is trying to start a Northern B.C. route — and she’s looking for hosts in Quesnel.

“It’s often people who are involved in committees and boards, and community things like that,” she says. “[People who] know what’s required to put on an event. You know, people who really enjoy hosting things.”

In particular, she’s looking for someone who can host a minimum of 20 people, but adds if there’s space for 25 to 30 people, “that’s great.”

Davies is also looking for hosts who can provide the musicians with a place to sleep on the night of the concert. If possible, she prefers hosts have an acoustic piano. If not, she adds, they can still try to make it work. Some communities also have co-hosts, meaning they have shows in more than one home, with each getting different musicians. Otherwise, hosts are typically expected to host four tours — so four shows — in their home.

Hosts are also provided with posters and other things they can use to promote the show.

As a classical pianist, Davies has also attended and performed at several house concerts. “I love going to the symphony, but it’s so nice to get to meet the musicians,” she says.

“And for me as a musician, as well, then I get to meet the audience, and at intermission have a chance to talk about music — and even during the concerts, you know the musicians will discuss the music and tell some fun stories, or [give the audience] background information behind it.”

Following their inaugural season of tours, Davies says they’ve had several accomplished musicians send in applications to do a tour with them. “There’s really a lot of interest in it, which is great.”

If anyone in the Quesnel area is interested in hosting a show, they can reach out to Davies at info@livingroomlive.ca. If anyone is interested in attending the concert once a venue is found, they can visit livingroomlive.ca/attend to sign up for notifications about concerts in the area.

READ MORE: Riverview Elementary unveils new mascot


Heather Norman
Community Reporter
Send Heather an email
Like the Quesnel Cariboo Observer on Facebook

Just Posted

High-speed Internet access coming to Bouchie Lake, Ten Mile Lake and rural Quesnel

ABC Communications Ltd. receiving $298,406 from the Province to help fund upgrades in 12 communities

Column: this and that for seniors

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb writes about the Wordspinners’ latest project

Forestry Ink: Part 2 – History of 1950 Chinchaga firestorm

Columnist Jim Hilton writes about what was learned from the 1950 wildfire

Celebrating Filipino heritage in Quesnel

The Filipino Canadian Community of Quesnel hosted a Filipino Heritage Month Celebration on June 15

Quesnel’s OAPO celebrates 60 years

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb writes about the organization’s history

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Most Read