News of Ellie aka Kathleen Hernden Radke

Photos: Karen Kavanaugh Photography

Performances & News

Kathleen as a member of the Ottawa Bach Choir sings in  a glorious digital concert on Easter Monday:

Messiah: Reimagined

Monday 5 April 2021 19:00pm BST (note time-zone)

Join us online for a unique and ground-breaking performance of Handel’s masterpiece, blending ‘live’ and ‘virtual’. Acclaimed baroque conductor, Laurence Cummings will lead our star soloists, all alumni of our international Handel Singing Competition, and the London Handel Orchestra in a live performance from St George’s, Hanover Square in London’s Mayfair – Handel’s own church.

The choruses have been prepared and pre-recorded by fifteen choirs, including our ‘Sing at Home’ chorus, totalling some 500 singers from all over the world, and will be integrated digitally into the overall performance. The whole event will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube for global audiences to enjoy free, and will be available on the London Handel Festival YouTube channel afterwards, where you can also watch our inaugural performance live-streamed on 3 December 2020.

Please click ‘Book Tickets’ on the right hand side to register for this event.  Anyone registering this way will receive a reminder of how to access the online event in the week leading up to the performance, and will also receive a link to a downloadable programme.




LUCY CROWE soprano

IESTYN DAVIES countertenor


EDWARD GRINT bass-baritone

To hear Lisette Canton and other choral directors on this concert see youtube below.

Coming in May 2021


The final concert of the choir’s season, on May 8, 2021, features Bach’s brilliant Six Motets.   Ottawa Bach Choir’s Digital Concert Hall.

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Wow! We are so honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral! Congratulations to all nominees! Huge thanks to The JUNO Awards and to so many who made this recording possible: ATMA Classique, Johanne Goyette; Carl Talbot, recording engineer; Founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton; Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute, director; soloists Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Kathleen Hernden Radke, soprano; Kayla Ruiz, soprano; Danielle Alison Vaillancourt, alto; Jeff Boyd, tenor; Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, bass; Matthew Larkin, continuo; all of the choristers of the OBC that contributed to this CD, as well as our Governor General, Mme Julie Payette, rehearsal accompanist Theresa Clarke, and the Board of Directors! Congratulations to all! •

Outstanding Choral Recording 2020

The OBC has been awarded the Juno for Outstanding Choral Recording 2020 from Choral Canada’s 2020 National Choral Awards for Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schütz: Motets!

European Tour
Ottawa Bach Choir
Lisette Canton, conductor
Concerts throughout Germany
Including the International Bachfest Leipzig 2022

Ottawa Bach Choir

Latest CD is now available.   Reviews Noted Below

“staggering and movingly performed” ~Gramophone Magazine….
this new one is among the very best” ~American Record Guide
“thrilling performances of…Handel, Bach and Schütz”

~The WholeNote~Soprano Kathleen Radke maintains a wonderfully relaxed vocal line through the execution of elaborate lines in Tecum principium in die virtutis and later she and Kayla Ruiz create enchanting chemistry in the soaring duet De torrente in via bibet.


‘Dixit Dominus’ – Handel
‘Komm Jesu, komm’ – Bach
‘Cantiones Sacrae’ – Schütz

On the ATMA Classique label

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Kathleen is one of the featured soloists on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s recent  Christmas CD ‘TWAS BUT PURE LOVE Christmas CD,  Lisette Canton, conductor ; and the soprano soloist on the choir’s previous exceedingly popular A CHRISTMAS STORY with harpist Caroline Léonardelli, the women of the Ottawa Bach Choir, Lisette Canton, conductor; and one of the soloists on the OBC’s Cantate Domino CD in the exquisite Beatus Vir  and Lux Aurumque.  Kathleen is also the voice of Tosca in the computer animated short “Vissi d’arte”.  Sponsored by Bravofact/NFB and created by Black Cherry Digital Media, the animated short has been shown on Bravo TV and at festivals in Ottawa, Italy and Japan.

“Soprano Kathleen Radke sang the solo cantata Jauchzet  Gott in allen  Landen, BWV 51  beautifully.  She has such a smooth and lovely voice that it would have been worth going  to the concert just  to hear her… she’s got what it takes. Richard Todd, music critic, Ottawa Citizen

Visit Kathleen’s internet site