2024 Series & Events



Thursday, February 8 / 5:30pm

TOM ALLEN / Photo: Curtis Perry

At 18 years old, in his first job and still just beginning life as a composer, Johann Sebastian Bach got into such trouble that the only thing he could do was to walk away. This concert takes you along on that trip: a 400 km odyssey to a glittering northern port city with street fights, big business, the father figure he didn’t know he needed and, quite possibly, love. Join CBC Radio personality and host Tom Allen, together with all-star cast of singers and instrumentalists, and enjoy an enchanting evening of storytelling, music history, and classical music. Come and bring a troubled young Master Bach in from the cold!


JS Bach’s Long Walk in the Snow

Written by Tom Allen

Some of the music presented in the course of this story was:

  • J.S. Bach/Rachmaninoff – Gavotte from 3rd Violin Partita
    arr. Lori Gemmell
  • J.S. Bach – Various dances from the Partitas for Violin Solo
    Sofia Gubaidulina: Et Expecto (excerpt)
  • J.S. Bach arr. Lori Gemmell – Chorale Prelude: Wachet Auf
  • J.S. Bach – Prelude from Lute Suite N1
  • John Mandara/David White – You Don’t Own Me
  • CPE Bach – Solfegietto
  • D. Buxtehude arr. Lori Gemmell – Ad Latus WV 75
  • J.S. Bach – BWV 1016, 2nd Mvt.
  • J.S. Bach arr. Lori Gemmell – Goldberg Variations, 1st variation
  • Kevin Fox – My One and Only
  • JS Bach Arr Lori Gemmell – Brandenburg 3 – coda
  • Encore: Leonard Cohen  – Dance Me To The End Of Love



Tom Allen and Friends 

Tom Allen, storyteller & writer
Patricia O’Callaghan, singer
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Kevin Fox, singer, cello, guitar
Michael Bridge, accordion
Lori Gemmell, harp

Performer bios


Classical with storyteller


Approximately 2 hours, 
two forty minute sets with intermission


Drink service is available for the concert

Restaurant is open until 8:00pm. Ticket holders are encouraged to reserve a table for 7:30pm for dinner after the concert.


Drake Devonshire (The Pavillion Room)
24 Wharf Street, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0

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