With a strong and passionate vision, the Bach Festival Artistic & Production Team, along with our intrepid Board of Directors, have created a solid foundation on which to build our Festival’s future. They have worked hard to get our 4th season ready our valued audience!

Gerald Fagan- Artistic Director

In a distinguished career, Gerald Fagan has influenced generations of musicians. As Conductor of Chorus London and the Concert Players Orchestra, he conducted virtually all of the major symphonic/choral masterpieces. His chamber choir, The Gerald Fagan Singers toured Europe many times, bringing Canadian music to England,  Belgium, the Netherlands,   Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Monaco, France and Spain.

As well as the Founding Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Mr. Fagan  (three times Conductor of Festival 500 in Newfoundland and Labrador),  lead All Provincial Choirs in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 2010, Gerald Co-founded the Bach Music Festival of Canada, and organized his new chamber choir CHOR AMICA.

Honours bestowed on Mr. Fagan include the “Citizens Medal” of Lithuania, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal of Canada, an Honorary Licentiate from Conservatory Canada, Cultural Citizen of the City of London, and an Honorary Citizen of Huron County.

Together with his wife Marlene, they received membership to the Wall of Fame at Western University, and in April of this year were awarded entry into the Jack Richardson London Music Hall of Fame

In 2012, Gerald received the Order of Ontario; and in February of 2017 he was awarded the Order of Canada.…..the highest civilian honours of the Province and of our Country.

 

 

Jean Jacobe 2014 bJean Jacobe, Festival Manager

Jean was raised in the rural farming area near Staffa, Ontario.  After graduating from Seaforth District High School, her career in banking gave her the advancement  to have several different positions in the merge between Victoria and Grey Trust, National Trust and Scotiabank.  During her banking career her own personal goal was caring about her clients financial needs and be given the opportunity to assist them in making their dreams become reality.  After 40 years in the financial world Jean retired January 2013.   She is an active member of the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church and  enjoys community involvement (Exeter Harvest Celebration, South Huron Community Choir and Handbells), music, cooking, reading and leisure walks.  She lives in Exeter with her husband Raye and son Ryan.
Jean has been involved with The Bach Music Festival of Canada  since 2011 as Volunteer Coordinator, Treasurer and on the Heritage Quilt Committee. She is thrilled and excited in her new role as Festival Manager for the upcoming 2015 Festival.

louise-smLouise Fagan, Consultant

Louise an arts entrepreneur, producer and director adept at bringing an idea to its fullest creative expression. Working collaboratively or as the sole instigator her riveting and relevant performances have been as diverse as their settings. Louise is the Founding Producer and was the Executive Producer of the Bach Music Festival of Canada. Other select credits include the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), Off Broadway at Urban Stages (New York City), John Labatt Centre (London Ontario), Victoria Park (London Ontario), as well as numerous stages in Toronto, Ottawa, London, St John’s Newfoundland, and New York.  Louise’ work has been featured in O the Oprah Magazine, London CityLife, the New York Times, NOW Magazine, SCENE Magazine, The BEAT, Canada’s daily National  newspapers, CBC Radio as well as CTV, CBC and Rogers Television networks. Louise works in theatre, music, dance, film, television and on multi-discipline projects. In the studio, on the stage, with a single artist or a cast of 100’s, the heart of Louise’ work remains in telling a story. She is thrilled to continue her relationship  with the Bach Music Festival as Consultant for the 2015 Festival Season.  www.louisefagan.wordpress.com