Pre-season Message from Brigid

Hi, folks – hope it’s been a great summer!

I am just heading into two weeks of BCCF intensity with the Choral Directorship Course – both in Vancouver 22-27 August and in Vernon, 30 Aug-1 Sept.  Because I will still be in BCCF tidy-up mode, I have decided to delay our first ROCA rehearsal to September 13.

If anyone wants a little ad hoc singing, let me know if you’d like to be part of the choir for BCCF masterclasses at St Mary’s, 4-7pm next week, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (22,23,24,26 August).

Our first concert will not be till December, but I want us to get our teeth into some of the spring concert rep, so don’t worry that you’ll be singing carols all fall!  The focus in our December concert will be the Britten “Ceremony of Carols”, with harpist Matt Dupont.  There are solos/duets to prepare!

Tuesday 6 December – concert at All Saints Ladner
Saturday 10 December (7:30) and Sunday 11 December (3pm) concerts at Gilmore Park United

Spring concert will be at the beginning of April, with Vivo Children’s Choir from New Westminster.  There’s a nice mixture of music here, including “Five Childhood Lyrics” by John Rutter, and some of Jeanie Brindley Barnett’s “Butterfly Songs” – all for early prep

Saturday 1 April – concert at South Arm United Church
In Canada’s 150th year, how can we not do a Canadian concert as season-ender? Lots of favourite folk-songs, but I hope also music by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLaughlin.

Saturday 3 June – concert at Fraserview
I think we’ve got some fun stuff in preparation – all we need now is the singers!  Please let me know

  •  If there are any of these dates that you can’t do
  •  If you are going to be away for any period of time that might require a reaudition before a concert
  •  If you know any other singers who might like to join us

Usual stuff – unless you are sick in bed or out of town, you should plan to be at rehearsal – if you have a cold, come and sit out, but mark your copy and sing in your head!

I know some of you have been doing music over the summer – whether Kathaumixw, SummerChor, WCAMS music camp or other things.  Hope you’re all in good voice and looking forward to a wonderful season

- Brigid