Welcome to Westben
Exceptional Performances, Extraordinary Setting!
Bringing culture and nature together in perfect harmony, the magnificent 400–seat timber-frame barn opens onto a lush meadow, surrounded by the gently rolling hills of Northumberland County. The stage hosts an incredible array of renowned Canadian and international artists, from full symphony orchestras & choruses to chamber music and soloists. The best in class in a relaxed country setting!
Westben presents Concerts at The Barn every summer from early June to early August. The festival presents music ranging from Bach to Broadway, World Music and Jazz. There are wide-ranging matinee and evening concerts including opera, orchestral, chamber, choral to broadway, jazz, celtic and world music. Themed concerts often offer delicious pre ordered food made by various caterers. Wine and Beer are offered at weekend concerts and the Concession Stand is always open at concerts. Windswept Picnics are available for pre order as well as Tapas (July 4-7), On site Barbecue (July 12), Ploughman's Lunch (July 13), High Tea (July 14) and Buono Apetito (August 4). All food must be pre ordered a minimum of 24 hours ahead from the Westben Box Office 1-705-653-5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777
Several Fundraising events include musical wine-tasting and Viennese balls and in 2013 Viva Italia! . At Christmas, The Barn presents a seasonal celebration to warm the heart!
In addition, Westben’s year-round activities include educational initiatives such as in-school presentations, master classes and the 80-member Westben Festival, Teen, Youth and B Natural Choruses, perform at various venues throughout the year.
Co–founders, Brian Finley (Artistic Director) and Donna Bennett (Marketing Director) and Teresa Castonguay (Business and Development Coordinator) are the full time staff with Valerie Przybilla is the part time Bookkeeper. The team is excited to welcome at least 3 summer students to the team Kaitlyn Peterson, Haley McTagaart, Chantal Dignard and April Watson. The 12-member Board of Directors heads up a huge support team of volunteers, sponsors, donors and members. Westben also appreciates the support from all levels of government and several foundations.
Westben’s primary venue, The Barn is located three kilometres north-west of Campbellford 6698 County Road 30, on gently rolling farmland previously owned by three generations of the West family. West School and West Cemetery lie just to the north, while the area’s principal brick-making machine sits in retirement in the front field. Purchased by the Bennett family in the 1960’s, the area was dubbed “Westben,” . Westben’s co-founders, Donna Bennett & Brian Finley built The Barn in 2000 with the help of the community. The Westben Board of Directors formed in 1999 and received charitable status in the year 2000.
Conceived to compliment its naturally beautiful setting, the timber-frame structure was designed and built by Didier Schvartz of Lakefield’s Sun Wood Company. With its massive fir and hemlock beams and locally-milled pine ceiling, The Barn has excellent acoustics. Walls and doors roll back to allow music to waft over the surrounding meadow. The stage is elevated by 4 feet. 300 cushioned theatre seats are located directly in front of the stage in 20 rows of 15 seats, all with an unobstructed view. Each of the two wings can accommodate an additional 50 chairs which offer good proximity to the stage and generally good sight-lines. These seats are offered at a discounted rate.
Due to the open nature of the facility, Meadow Passes allow listeners to experience the music from the surrounding grounds. Sit at one of the picnic tables or on a bench next to the pond. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music al fresco! Feel free to bring a picnic or order a picnic basket from Westben. Meadow Passes are half the price of a ticket inside The Barn and are available on the day of performance (weather permitting) 90 minutes before performance time. Please call ahead to make sure they are available.