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Performances & News



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 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

The Mouse Report

Carmen the Cat brings you The Mouse Report

Carmen, of  WeeWideVoice, reports on Mousie News.  Ha-eeeooow!


Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song ~ Recoloured and Sassied Up by author Erin Hernden is now free on this site.

Click on purchase and it will bring you to the links for the free audio book and lullabies, plus the free PDF book.

The children’s book, for ages two to ten, features two little comical churchmice, Ellie and Sammie, as they come to terms with each other and a surprising love of music.  Many of the characters’ attributes are based on the author’s experiences growing up; plus her observations of her family – attributes such as Ellie’s shyness.   Ellie and Sammie’s musical abilities are founded in the talents of soprano Kathleen Radke and musician Michael Connell.

The project was made possible entirely through the talents of family members.  Some sound effects and all the singing were recorded in Sault Ste. Marie; and the narration, final sound effects and final production at Mosaic Studio in the summer of 2012, with a successful launch of printed books and audio CDs in November of the same year.

Michael Connell provides sound effects along with Richard McFarlane of Mosaic Music.  Kathleen Radke sings four lullabies – including an original composition by Michael.   Kathleen also performs Ellie’s delightful mousie opera voice.  Erin Hernden paints the story through her narration, voicing each character as they take the stage on the page.   The entire collection of churchmice and friends are drawn by Don Hernden.

The audio lasts approximately 40 minutes.  It is a humorous, colourful tale of a world for children to enter as they listen while reading along.   The sound effects, music and unexpected ending introduce children to music, encouraging them to sing and play an instrument.  Enjoy!


Author  Erin Hernden,  offers  WISH TO BELIEVE STORIES FOR TELLING  with plays for children aged 5 – 17 years for Canadian school children in the Fall of 2020 in two volumes.  Also included are a puppet fairy story, black-light puppet production and original poetry suitable for Christmas tableaux.  The plays come with direction and set production suggestions.  Copies for copying for scripts, without pictures, are available free after purchase.  Both volumes are beautifully presented and bound; and printed in Canada.  Stay tuned!

Hernden’s Book Prepped for World-wide Sale

Published on January 8, 2017

Bringing text to life

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald    @josefjacobson89 •

Published on November 09, 2016

Ontario children’s writer journeys to Prince Albert to record first audiobook

In 2011 Erin Hernden travelled to Prince Albert to visit family, take in the sights and record her first audiobook.


Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer Erin Hernden (left) recorded her first audiobook, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in Prince Albert five years ago. It is now available on her website. Her husband Don (right) provided illustrations.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer had been working on her children’s book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on-and-off for the past seven years, with her husband Don contributing illustrations. Once the story was finished, Hernden recorded herself reading the book, thought to herself, “This reads well,” and decided to enlist the help of some musical family members to bring the text to life. This month the final product was finally made available on Hernden’s website,

 For more on this story, please read the Prince Albert Daily Herald¹s subscription-based print or e-editions.

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A Big Month for Wee Wide Voice

Author Launches Audio Book on WeeWideVoice

Erin Hernden                                 Erin Hernden, Author & Narrator           

WeeWideVoice offers the audio version of Erin Hernden’s children’s story, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on its web site

The revitalized e-commerce site has been created by Renfrew’s TUBMAN Marketing Inc.  Also available on the web site is a PDF version of the written book for download.

The children’s book,  for ages two to ten,  features two little churchmice, Ellie and Sammie, as they come to terms with each other and a surprising love of music.  Ellie and Sammie’s musical abilities are based on the talents of  soprano Kathleen Radke and musician Michael Connell.  For more news on the children’s story and all the folks involved in its production, please go to  You will see that it is indeed a family affair.

The audio book, with sound effects and music, was  produced by Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s award winning musician and producer, Rich McFarlane at his Mosaic Music Studio.  Sound effects were provided by the virtuosity and inventiveness of both McFarlane and Connell; Ellie’s mousie opera voice is sung by Radke.  Their collective talents combined for a lively and entertaining recorded story.

In the  audio version, soprano Kathleen Radke sings an original lullaby composed by Michael Connell.   Kathleen and Michael grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and first performed music together at the ages   of eight and five.  Their lifelong love of music began as they sang as trebles in St. Luke’s Cathedral Choir.  St. Luke’s is the Anglican cathedral in the Sault.

Erin Hernden, the author and narrator, is pleased to announce that the printed version, illustrated by husband Don, is now available on


Erin Hernden is a writer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario who also writes and produces drama for children, aged five to seventeen years, presented at St. Luke’s Cathedral.  Through their drama, the children raise funds in support of charities of their choice.

For more information on soprano Kathleen Radke:

Michael Connell is an educator with the Algoma District School Board; Music Director at  Willowgrove United Church; noted photographer and continues to perform regularly with the Algoma Festival Choir and as a soloist.

For more information on Rich McFarlane – Mosaic Music Studio:

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Ellie & Sammie available on Amazon!

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The 34 page on demand print version of the book can be purchased by visiting any of the above sites.

The audio of the narrated story and complementary lullabies are available for download here on this site. Click to learn more >>>

 Outside, as the sun set, the fireflies held their Midsummer Ball on top of Mushroom Hall, enchanted and enchanting.illustration_1