Rossland musician hosts free ‘Bachyard’ concert for Iconic Church

After a drought of live events, classical music enthusiasts are set to enjoy a free 'Bachyard' concert in Rossland hosted by accomplished local musician Carolyn Cameron, with some tasty treats provided by Hooper’s Bakery. The two, one-hour long sessions for Bach Aficionados will take place at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 11 July in Upper Rossland and donations to St Andrew’s United Church Rehab Project are welcomed, but not compulsory. 

Carolyn, who isn’t entirely new to the outdoor fundraising concert scene, will transform her patio and elevated yard into a ‘staged’ performance for her celebration of Bach.  The line up will feature Bach’s Italian Concertina, played on the Harpsichord, for which it was originally written and his Solo Violin No. 1 Sonata in G Minor.  It will also include a pandemic collaboration of live violin and recorded piano for a rendition of ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’, the only non-Bach piece in the program.

“Who doesn’t love Rossland’s red roofed Church?  It’s an iconic local fixture and I’d love to be able to play in its new sanctuary once the works have been completed,” says Carolyn who plans to be back to the concert halls with La Cafamore in 2022.  “I’m hoping my Bachyard concert will raise awareness of the fundraising campaign and encourage others to offer their support,” she adds.

Those who wish to attend should ‘reserve’ a place for themselves or the number of people in their bubble in order to receive venue directions, donation details and social distancing protocols by return.   As it is an outdoor concert, masks are optional as are tent canopies for protection against the elements.  Guests need to bring a portable chair, or request them in advance, and seating will be organised into 15 separate zones to accommodate different bubbles in the audience.  Please RSVP to organiser Marie Skinner by e-mail or by telephone: 250-231-9003. 

Over the last couple of months, Individuals and businesses in Rossland and Greater Trail have been getting behind ‘The Big Give’ campaign to get the landmark heritage building habitable and future fit. ‘Out of the Cellar’ recently raised $500 by donating 50% of the sales from its Rossland themed pottery range in May to the fundraising drive.  Over $7000 has also been raised through individual efforts. 

It is hoped that more people will get on board to help the stewards of this community asset raise matching funds for their next grant application.   More than 100K is needed to complete upgrades to St Andrew’s United Church, which sits on the corner of Queen Street and 1st Avenue to qualify it for occupation. .


The Big Give 

As part of a $344,000 renovation project, funded by a Built Heritage Columbia Basin Trust grant, improvements to date have included replacing 100-year-old wooden foundations with concrete, creating a proper basement under 60% of the sanctuary, preparing a new mechanical / electrical room, levelling the sanctuary floor and improving physical accessibility.  The fixed pews have also been removed in favour of flexible stacked seating.

A new electrical panel to service the sanctuary and basement as well as an HVAC system - airflow and furnace - needs to be installed to make the sanctuary and basement a warmer, comfortable and habitable space. Gyproc must be added to the basement walls and ceiling for fireproofing.  The Sanctuary could also benefit from a painted facelift on its walls and new flooring.

To make the rehabilitation project of the church complete, the works need to be financed through grants and charitable giving.  Donations qualify as charitable donations with up to a 46% tax rebate. 

There are many ways to help!  Via e-transfer to, by cheque to Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge, or via website, going to ‘Donate Now’ and using  Please designate funds to St Andrew's Facilities and be sure to include your name, address, and phone number in order to receive a charitable receipt.  Cheques may be mailed to 1300 Pine Ave., Trail, BC, V1R 4E6.  

 To donate time, skills, services and expertise to the St Andrew’s United Church rehabilitation project please contact Carol at, or Brenda at

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