Welcome to 2018 Symphony in the Barn Summer Music Festival

August 3 - 5, 2018

The critically-acclaimed Symphony in the Barn Festival at Glencolton Farms, Canada's leading biodynamic farm, brings together music, performance installations, and the tastes and sounds of idyllic farm life as an immersive backdrop for a three-day weekend festival.



Symphony in the Barn 2018 Festival returns with world class performances by the Symphony in the Barn Festival Chamber Orchestra, New York City's preeminent Attacca String Quartet, and the beloved Sunday's Surprise Serenade concert featuring the Symphony in the Barn Mentorship Programme international Artists-in-Residence.

weekend Experiences

We’ll be bringing back our SoundTower, an acoustic wonder inside an empty silo including interactive singing performances and stunning visuals, and introducing our new RAWlounge with guest DJs, performances and a bonfire under the stars. Slow yourself for our guided farm walk. Meet the farmers, taste the food and feed the animals.

Premiere Events

Join our supporter's circle by attending our premiere farm-to-table events - Opening Night Gala Reception and Saturday evening's Dinner in the Orchard. Tickets include priority concert seating and access to our VIP orchard, an elegant setting, perfect for relaxing or enjoying a luxurious pre-concert meal.




FRIDAY August 3, 2018

Attacca String Quartet
with Carol Gimbel, viola

Praised by The Strad as “stunning” and for possessing “a musical maturity far beyond its members’ years,” the Attacca Quartet is currently celebrating its 15th season. From sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall to National Public Radio’s far-reaching Tiny Desk Concerts, the Attacca Quartet celebrates the timeless beauty of the string quartet for a broad audience and this sublime art form.

First prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, top prize and Listeners’ Choice award recipients of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize Winners of the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Attacca Quartet has received international acclaim and has become one of the world's premiere young performing ensembles. They have served as The Juilliard’s Graduate Resident String Quartet, the Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Quartet in Residence at Texas State University.

“Four strikingly individual players with the ability to speak eloquently in one voice…Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.” –The Washington Post


Saturday August 4, 2018

Symphony in the Barn Festival Chamber Orchestra
Guest Artists
Kati Glieser, piano
Shirley John, Elder Saugeen First Nation, Water Walker, Protector
M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Group

The heart and soul of Symphony in the Barn returns with the Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra. M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Group will welcome you from all corners of the farm to join together for the festival's weekend centrepiece.



Sunday August 5, 2018

Surprise Serenade Performance

The afternoon concert is an enchanting surprise programme including performances by the Symphony in the Barn Mentorship Programme international Artists-in-Residence, Cuarteto Janus..


WEEKEND Experiences

 Photo Credit: David Pickett

Photo Credit: David Pickett

SoundTower Experience

A sensory installation and intimate musical performance journeying through the echoes of sound and time in an empty silo turned sound tower. Created and curated by Ayelen Liberona.


Singing the SoundTower

M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Group will lead group participants on a journey of acoustic wonder singing together inside the SoundTower.


Farm Walk

"A farm comes closest to its own essence when it can be conceived of as a kind of independent individuality, a self-contained entity. " —Rudolf Steiner on biodynamics, June 1924

Slow yourself to the sights, sounds and sensations of this remarkable biodynamic farm. Guests will be guided to experience the comings and goings of a living farm. Meet the farmers and feed the animals.

RAW Lounge

Musical worlds of new and old meet by the flames of improvisation. Featuring guest DJs, inspired soloists, provocative visuals, fire dancing, story telling and a bonfire under the stars.


 2017 SITB Festival - Chef  Jamie Kennedy   Photo Credit: David Pickett

2017 SITB Festival - Chef Jamie Kennedy

Photo Credit: David Pickett


Opening Night Gala Reception

Celebrate the launch of the 2018 Symphony in the Barn Festival with artistic directors Carol Gimbel and Michael Schmidt. Enjoy a delightful glass of wine complemented with delicious food exquisitely prepared by local chefs while mingling with guest artists and performers under the arching branches of the apple orchard.


Dinner in the Orchard

Chefs TBA

As the sun goes down over the rolling pastures, sixty VIP guests will sit down to white linen-covered tables and enjoy a sumptuous fine dining experience. The beautiful farm-to-table four-course dinner is complete with wine pairings.