The Stratford Symphony Orchestra

A new decade, with William Rowson, 
our new principal conductor

SOLD OUT! House Concert - November 25, 2018
Hosted by Kelly Walker

Now and again you find a voice, a message and a man wrapped into one to bring songs to the hearts of people. Kelly Walker is it! The words, the music, the stories combine to create a most entertaining and inspiring Canadian performer.

The man. The music. The message. All this comes from a 20 year monastic experience with the Dominican Order where Kelly lived in Quebec, Ontario, the USA, and Italy. After a severe burnout, Kelly left the monastery and began a career in music, which had always been the golden thread in his life. He toured with the Irish singer-harpist, Mary O'Hara and appeared on her TV series in the UK. His concert career has placed him on major stages in Canada and the US. He served as artistic director of Home For The Holidays, a benefit concert to support LOFT Community Services for 12 years.

In the past years he has worked with Paul Zaza, Dominic Morrissey, Bill King, and Wayne Kelso in concert. He has done many concerts with with the Canadian tenor, Mark DuBois. His CD River Ash is a collection of 16 piano improvisations. His CD All My Life is a collection of his newest songs with full orchestration.

Kelly has joined together with Sally Armour Wotton, actor, and Alexandra Caverley Lowery, dancer, to found a school for the performing arts called Sacred Acts, which is Toronto based.

He is an author. His books Loss of Soul: Burnout and Dancing on the Ark: Facing Change in Uncertain Times (What Every Noah Ought To Know) are in their second printing and his new book entitled Growing Somewhere: Life After Mid-Life is a third Canadian best seller. He has addressed thousands of groups as a public speaker throughout the world.

He has been awarded the Pauline McGibbon Life Achievement in the Arts Award.

Kelly lives with his partner Ray Harsant in Stratford,Ontario.

Kelly Walker and Friends

Sunday November 25, 2018

Hosted By: Kelly Walker

Performances by: Val Hawkins, David Keeley, Roy Lewis, Kelly Walker and a surprise special guest.


Patron Comments

"Many thanks for the most wonderful, and successful, House Concert at Kelly and Ray's. The Stratford Symphony is indeed a great asset to our community - civilizing, entertaining and challenging. I admire your willingness to take some risks with programming and to introduce new talent. This afternoon has certainly confirmed that I will be a booster of the symphony."

Guy Chadsey
"Dear Kelly and Ray, I think that yesterday's concert at your home will go down as one of the most enchanting experiences of my life. It was talent-filled, utterly unique and full of highly emotional and delightfully human moments.

I’m so glad I bought that ticket!!
Much love to both,"

M. Maraden