From our home in Victoria, throughout North America, and across Europe, we have shared magnificent choral music with people near and far!
- 2019 Concerts & Appearances
- 2018 Concerts & Appearances
- 2017 Concerts & Appearances
- 2016 Concerts & Appearances
- 2015 Concerts & Appearances
- 2014 Concerts & Appearances
- 2013 Concerts & Appearances
- 2012 Concerts & Appearances
- 2011 Concerts & Appearances
- 2010 Concerts & Appearances
Ocean World | June 4 | 7:00 PM | McPherson Playhouse
This “environmental musical”—originally sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund—asks, “who cares about the ocean?”. We invite you to come and experience a musical journey that follows the wonders of the ocean. “Ocean World” also highlights serious pressures the ocean has on the lives of our underwater neighbours: whales, turtles, fish, dolphins, as well as us on land. The music perfectly reflects the beauty of this extraordinary world!
Veterans Candlelight Tribute | May 30 | 7:00PM | God’s Acre Cemetery
A peaceful sunset ceremony, held annually and across Canada to honour veterans.
Fourth Annual Spring Sing! | May 3 | 7:00PM | Egon Baumann Centre
Gala music fundraiser, held at Pacific Opera Victoria, Egon Baumann Centre. This elegant evening showcases and supports the musically-talented students of the Victoria Children’s Choir. Featuring special performances by our choirs, the opportunity to chat with our singers, directors, board members, and staff – as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and door prizes.
Countess Maritza by Kálmán | April 25, 27, May 3, 5, 2019 | Royal Theatre
Victoria Children’s Choir sings with Pacific Opera Victoria in Countess Maritza.
Collaborative Concert | April 5 | 7:00PM | St. Aidan’s United Church
Victoria Children’s Choir & Vancouver Youth Choir Jr. perform together in this one hour performance. Admission by donation.
Pacific Baroque Festival | February 7 & 9 | 8:00PM |Alix Goolden Hall
February 7: Harmonie Universelle – Baroque Organ Concert with Gregorian Chant
February 9: Venetian Glory – Vivaldi’s “Gloria” sung in the original voicing of upper voices!
Classical Christmas Concert
“What sweeter music …” – Carols Old and New
Well-loved songs from the winter season all have unique stories to tell. Listen to familiar tunes—some as they were first heard in Medieval times and others made new in settings by modern composers. Guest Artist, Josh Layne, will join the Concert Choir to perform John Rutter’s “Dancing Day” with harp accompaniment.
St. Cecilia’s Day Concert
Concerts all day to celebrate the Patron Saint of Music at Christ Church Cathedral.
Remembrance Day Concert
Sharing memories through song at our annual performance at the Royal BC Museum.
Tour de Rock
Our Concert Choir performed at the big finale of the Tour de Rock’s island ride to celebrate this annual Cops for Cancer event.
The Glorious World of Song
The Difference Between Opera & Musical . . .
Discover heroes and villains in stories told through drama and music, as we seek to answer the age old question, “What’s the difference between Opera & Musical?” Under the direction of Artistic Director, Madeleine Humer, enjoy many choral delights, performed by the Victoria Children’s Choir and members of the Pacific Opera Chorus. Featuring songs from West Side Story, Anne of Green Gables, Phantom of the Opera, Magic Flute, Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen, and more.
Alix Golden Performance Hall, 7:00PM
God’s Acre Ceremony
Veterans Candlelight Tribute
An annual appearance to honour veterans.
God’s Acre Veterans Cemetery
Third Annual Spring Sing! | Victoria, BC
Gala music fundraiser, held at Pacific Opera Victoria, Egon Baumann Centre. This elegant evening showcases and supports the musically-talented students of the Victoria Children’s Choir. Featuring: singing and musical performances by choristers of the Concert and Recital ensembles, appearances by special guests from the Vancouver Island Performance Guild – as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and
Pacific Opera Victoria: La Bohème | Victoria, BC
Pacific Baroque Festival: From Chaos to Sublime Beauty | Victoria, BC
Classical Christmas Concert: “And the birds sang” | Victoria, BC
Requiem – Gabriel Faure| Victoria, BC
A special appearance at Christ Church Cathedral.
Remembrance Day Performance| Victoria, BC
Our annual performance at the Royal BC Museum.
St. Cecelia Concert| Victoria, BC
A special appearance at Christ Church Cathedral during their day long musical event honouring St. Cecelia, patron saint of musicians.
The Tenors| Victoria, BC
Audience members enjoyed holiday favourites sung by internationally known Canadian vocalists, The Tenors, who shared the stage with our choristers during a stop in Victoria on their tour.
Christmas Lights Across Canada | Victoria, BC
The Recital Choir brought their songs and carols to the BC Legislature in this cross country event featuring illumination ceremonies at Parliament buildings throughout Canada.
World of Song Season Finale | Victoria, BC
Choral Music from Sea to Sea was the theme of our final regular concert of 2017. Celebrating Canada 150! Featuring traditional songs from homelands that founded our Nation’s culture – including English, French, Gaelic, Acadian, First Nations, African, and European pieces – as well as inspiring new Canadian compositions!
MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH | Victoria, BC
A special appearance with Capriccio Vocal Ensemble.
VETERANS CANDLELIGHT TRIBUTE | Victoria, BC
A special appearance to honour veterans at God’s Acre Cemetery.
Second Annual Spring Sing! | Victoria, BC
Gala music fundraiser, held at Pacific Opera Victoria, Egon Baumann Centre. This elegant evening showcases and supports the musically-talented students of the Victoria Children’s Choir. Featuring: singing and musical performances by choristers of the Concert and Recital ensembles, appearances by Victoria Children’s Choir alumni, and special guests – as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and
VIMY100 | Victoria, BC
A music and special event commemoration. The Choir performed I am the Song, Irish Blessing, O Canada, and God Save the Queen at this open house event, along with the Cadet band, local vocalists, the Canadian Scottish Regimental Pipes and Drums, and 5th Field Regiment band.
Carmina Burana | Victoria, BC
A group of Victoria Children’s Choir singers had the pleasure of joining in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Carmina Burana. The work explores the joys and sorrows of life through alternating choruses, solos, and dances that range in tone from pure joy to a reflective wistfulness.
Pacific Baroque Festival | Victoria, BC
The Concert Choir sang with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, performing “Three Lapsed Lawyers”. The uplifting music of Telemann (based on Lutheran chorales) was complemented by a flute concerto by Johann Heinichen and an overture by Christoph Graupner.
Classical Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
Our 16th holiday performance featured songs of Canadian celebrations. We welcomes guests The Victoria Baroque Players, and Gentlemen from the St. Christopher Singers, to perform Schubert’s Mass in G major, winter carols, traditional music, new compositions, and sing-a-long songs from Canada and around the world.
Charlie Brown Christmas | Victoria, BC
With the Victoria Jazz Society presenting The Jerry Granelli Trio, a group of Victoria Children’s Choir students brought the classic Charlie Brown holiday story to life!
The Cries of London, with Fretwork | Victoria, BC
It is always an exciting experience when the European Viol Consort visits for a workshop and performance. Read a chorister review »
The Royals Visit | Victoria, BC
Our Choir had the incredible pleasure of welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their tour of our city and Province. Read a chorister review »
World of Song | Victoria, BC
Every season, we “sing our hearts out”, and in 2016 we invited you to share your voice! Featuring hits of The Beatles, musical and jazz classics, new debuts, and more of our most-applauded music!
God’s Acre Veterans Tribute | Victoria, BC
It’s our honour to sing at the parade and candlelight Service that recognizes the end of the First World War and the legacy of the Canadian Forces.
Spring Sing | Victoria, BC
Our first music gala was an elegant evening to showcase the reach of our music education program, and generate financial support. Both were a success! Thanks to all those who came and enjoyed the singing and other musical talents of our choirs and individual students, music by alumni and special guests, the complimentary food and beverage, silent auction, and getting to know people in our music community.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Victoria, BC
With Pacific Opera Victoria, and the Victoria Symphony, select choristers perform in the famous libretto – adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears – of William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Pacific Baroque Festival | Victoria, BC
The Concert Choir returned to The Pacific Baroque Festival, bringing stunning period music to today’s audiences. Led by our Artistic Director, Madeleine Humer, choristers performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and renowned German soprano Dorothee Mields – presenting music of early German composers, including cantatas by Johann Schelle, Sebastian Knupfer, Franz Tunder, and Johann Kuhnau’s uplifting “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”.
Classical Christmas Concerts | Victoria, Nanaimo
It was an especially bright holiday season of festive music and feelings when our eighty talented singers performed yuletide songs from around the world. In 2015 the Concert featured the beautiful, rare music that fills people with warmth and joy during long Scandinavian winters. The Choir was thrilled to be joined by special guests from Denmark – The Irene Becker Trio – and to perform the exclusive Canadian premiere of “In the Star, Sparkling in Darkness”! The stunning new composition highlights the time of Advent and the Winter Solstice.
Lights Across Canada | Victoria
As the nation got ready to celebrate the holidays, our singers performed at the Parliament Building, festooned with thousands of cheerful lights.
Special Appearance: St Cecilia’s Day Concert | Victoria
To celebrate music’s patron, we joined performers at Christ Church Cathedral for an open house day of songs, bells, melodies, and more wonderful “sounding” entertainment.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies | Victoria
At the Royal BC Museum, the Choirs sang of peace and of moments from our past that are a reminder of the freedom we enjoy today.
Oak Bay Tea Party Parade
We “floated” along to our best season songs, and a few playful pieces, to share choral music with the crowds.
World of Song – Season Finale Concert | Victoria, BC
Songs of freedom, peace, and nostalgia can transcend time and space. We celebrated the captivating legacies of many composers, historic moments, and rich cultures from around the world. Featuring: Classical, contemporary, and folk music from 2015 Choir Tours. At the season finale concert, Concert and Apprentice Choirs showcase the music that inspired their learning, training, and passion for music. Sung in: English, French, Hebrew, Latin, Zulu, French, Norwegian, and Haida.
Veteran’s Candlelight Ceremony | Esquimalt, BC
A complimentary evening performance in tribute for military forces.
International Choir Tour – “Bridging Generations” | The Netherlands
Members of our Concert Choir, and alumni singers, travelled to the Netherlands to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII Liberation. Canada has a significant legacy in the history of the region, which our singers helped remember with cultural visits and performances to Soesterberg, Assen, Arnhem, Groesbeek, Holten, and Amsterdam.
Choir Tour – Chemainus Community Concert | Chemainus, BC
The Apprentice Choir gave a free community concert for all ages to enjoy the music of Bach, Cesar Frank, American folk artists, and more classical to contemporary composers. Sung in Latin, German, Hebrew, and English.
“Bridging Generations” Send-off Soiree, Netherlands Tour | Victoria, BC
Before we shared our songs in the Netherlands, we revealed Tour music with our families, supporters and local community. Thanks to all who attended this special evening of songs performed in many languages, including Latin, Dutch, Norwegian, Haida, and English.
Anthem Night – Victoria Royals Home Game | Victoria, BC
On Family Day in BC, we enjoyed quality time with our Apprentice Choir, the Victoria Royals, and fans as we performed the home game National Anthem. Hockey never sounded so good.
Pacific Baroque Festival | Victoria, BC
The highlight of the new year was celebrating music of the past. At the Pacific Baroque Festival, our Concert Choir performed the incredible music of Handel, accompanied by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (with the first-ever inclusion of trumpets and timpani). The live presentation included the famous “Zadok The Priest” Coronation Anthem, and the rare “Ode To St Cecelia”.
DECEMBER 2014 Family Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
The gang was all there. Once again we gathered with our family, board, and staff members, as well as with special guests the Open Door Choir @ Our Place, Louise Rose, and Gizmo The Elf – and our wonderful audience – to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. It was a warm afternoon (particularly with the terrific donations of hats, scarves, mitts, and more for admission).
Classical Christmas Concert – “Music for Midwinter” | Victoria, BC
For our annual Signature Concert, we heard the crisp and twinkling sounds of carols and songs. Over four dozen talented young choristers gathered with special guests – the St. Christopher Singers, and musicians of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra – to sing a variety of festive pieces – from Haydn’s Little Organ Solo Mass to carols that tell of shepherds, angels, and joy (to the world), traditional works from other countries, eras, and languages, and a number of familiar tunes that “decked the halls” in merriment.
NOV 2014 Remembrance Day | Victoria, RBC Museum
Like music, the legacy of our Canadian Forces is meant to be shared. We were honoured to return to the RBC Museum for their annual Remembrance Day ceremony for the public.
OCTOBER 2014 A Fall Feast! Dinner and mini-Concert | Victoria, BC
We sang for your supper at our annual evening of a chilli dinner, dessert buffet, and silent auction – with the debut of the Victoria Children’s Choir’s 14th Season songs. Thanks to the packed house for attending, to our sponsors of the silent auction, and to all our parent, board, and singer volunteers. It was a joy to share great food, good will and gleeful music.
MAY 2014 Veterans Candlelight Tribute | Esquimalt, BC
Every year we look forward to singing at the annual service honouring military veterans. Thank you goes to the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Dockyard Branch, for welcoming us to be a part of this special ceremony to remember those who served in the cause of peace and freedom.
World of Song, annual Signature Concert | Victoria, BC
An evening of joyful, earthy, Classical-era performance in the intimate “home concert” tradition. The Concert and Apprentice Choirs sang masterpieces, lullabies, and folk music of everything from work to love and wonders of the night. In 2014, the annual World of Song Concert featured timeless work by famous composers and musicians in a fun singing soiree! Congratulations to the 60 talented young choristers for their study and masterful performance of Hausmusik – the soundtrack of life.
How Can I keep From Singing | Victoria, BC
On a sunny Sunday in May, the Choir was please to sing at a lively Fundraiser Concert for St. Aidan’s Church, with the Ted Boulden Singers, Mirabile Choir, and Jubilate Choir.
Linden Singers Concert – Hearts & Souls | Victoria, BC
As guest conductor for the Linden Singers, our Artistic Director Madeleine Humer united the talents of over a hundred mature and youthful voices. Together, the choirs presented a series of “songs of hope and courage”, joined by well-known performers Louise Rose and Kelby MacNayr.
Pacific Baroque Festival: Bach the Borrower | Victoria, BC
At Victoria’s annual early music concert series, the Victoria Children’s Choir once again brought attention to rare music from days and cultures past. Joining professional musicians, and Festival Artistic Director, Marc Destrubé, to sing the music of Bach’s four ‘Lutheran’ Masses. Choristers learned of his early cantatas that adapted music to a new Latin text and introduced new instruments.
Joined by the Victoria Conservatory of Music Young Professionals, the St Christopher Singers, and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, our choristers performed:
– Sinfonia from Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209 – Motet Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden, BWV 230, transcribed for strings – Concerto for three violins in D major, BWV 1064R – Missa Brevis in A Major, BWV 234
Victoria Royals Anthem Night (Fundraiser) | Victoria, BC
The Apprentice Choir welcomed back our home team after a long stretch on the road with a cheerful singing of O Canada. Portions of ticket sales from this fundrasier go directly to help us offer music education and performance programs.
Hockey Night Choir Fundraiser and Anthem Performance | Victoria, BC
Before the puck hit the ice for a Victoria Royals home game, we filled the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with a beautiful rendition of O Canada. Proceeds from ticket sales to this game supported our music education programs.
Pacific Baroque Festival :: Welcome to All the Pleasures: the music of Henry Purcell | Victoria, BC
Once again, Victoria’s annual early music concert series welcomed our singers for a period performance – featuring four of Henry Purcell’s anthems, sung with the St. Christopher’s Singers (which includes many VCC alumni) and accompanied by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver. Our Concert Choir appeared at Somerset House (residents performance), and at For King’s, Queen’s & Gods, at Alix Goolden Performance Hall.
Pacific Opera Victoria’s Benjamin Britten Festival | Victoria, BC
During two evening performances at The Church of St. John the Devine, the music of Benjamin Britten reached a crescendo! Our chorister sang with Pacific Opera Victoria to bring the community two marvelous pieces he wrote for children: “Noye’s Fludde” and “The Golden Vanity”.
The Golden Vanity – a 1966 tale of piracy and treachery on the high seas (written for the Vienna Boys’ Choir);
Noye’s Fludde – a 1958 piece, stylized after the Medieval Mystery Plays and based on the story of Noah and the Ark. The piece is scored for nine professional instrumentalists, an orchestra of boys and girls (played by students from the Victoria Conservatory of Music), and, in addition to the principals, a chorus of Gossips, Animals and Birds, sung by children.
A French Connection :: Sooke Philharmonic Concerts | Sooke, Metchosin, BC
At the Sooke Baptist Chuch and New St. Mary’s Church, the Apprenctice Choir joined the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players and Sooke Philharmonic Chorus to present a show of beautiful arias and arrangements by world-renowned French composers. Tres bien!
Tosca :: Pacific Opera Victoria | Victoria, BC
The stunning and saucy opera, Tosca (by Giacomo Puccini), saw a dozen choristers perform with good friends Pacific Opera Victoria. From a fiery heroine to a sadistic villain and a deadly bargain, Tosca was an enchanting musical tale of lust, jealousy, murder, suicide, and an explosive love triangle – told via a glorious score of melodies, orchestral music, and arias.
WORLD OF SONG “The Heavens and the Earth” | Victoria, BC
At Alix Goolden Performance Hall, we explored “The Heavens and the Earth”. Songs of nature’s magical spirit, by notable composers, comprosed our annual finale concert. In classical and contemporary styles we sang of animals, seasons, and skies.
World of Song is a celebration of the advancements made by 50 Apprentice and Concert Choir singers (ages eight to sixteen) in vocal skills and music knowledge. Choristers are eager to share how their talents and passion have grown, and demonstrate their powerful singing abilities. Esteemed guests, Vox Humana (Victoria’s premier chamber choir, conducted by Brian Wismath) brought their renowned talents to the concert. Together, the Choirs created a one-of-a-kind concert – blending striking adult vocals with the pure sound of children’s voices to perform works by a variety of composers.
World of Song included the music of: Claude Debussy and Bob Chilcott; Canadian composers Imant Raminsh, Jeff Enns, and Judy Specht; respected Victoria, BC artist Charles Palmer; the first performance of “Changes”, composed by Canadian Nick Piper for the Victoria Children’s Choir; and the singing of “The Call of Wisdom” – an anthem composed for children and performed at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Veterans Candlelight Tribute | Esquimalt, BC
We proudly joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Dockyard Branch, for another year to remember the people who served in the cause of peace and freedom. This beautiful candlelight memorial is a special way to say a simple “thank you”.
National Treasures :: Vox Humana Concert – O Canada! | Victoria, BC
A new, unique, and glorious rendition of Canada’s National Anthem, performed by the incredible Vox Humana singers and our Concert Choir.
Opening Ceremonies :: Walk for ALS Research | Victoria, BC
There’s no greater song than the National Anthem to show our support of this Canada-wide fundraiser. Concert and Apprentice Choir singers raised their voices to help raise awareness for people living with ALS. We believe in supporting community events and the well-being of our families, friends, and neighbours.
A Fall Feast! Dinner Fundraiser and Mini-Concert | Victoria, BC
Once again, our annual fall fundraiser tempted the body and soul! Debuting songs from Season 13, the Apprentice and Concert ensembles served-up a fun evening of great food, glorious music, and good will. Our popular chill dinner and delicious dessert buffet was cooked and served by culinary-creative parents, board members, volunteers and choristers. Enjoyed throughout the night was a silent auction with a variety of donated arts, products, and services. And all applauded the entertaining music being studied by choristers in the first part of their season. We thank everyone who attended to support our professional music education programs.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies | Victoria, BC
Every year, we are honoured to join friends and neighbours to remember the veterans who serve(d) Canada during times of war, armed conflict and peace. Please join us in showing our thanks, and learn more about the Canadian Forces through the Museum’s historic exhibits.
Choral Evensong Service, with Fretwork and the St Christopher Singers | Victoria, BC
Audience members at Choral Evensong had the dintinct pleasure to hear Choristers perform with the renowned UK group Fretwork – the travelling ensemble’s only Canadian appearance! Along with the St Christopher Singers, the musicians sang the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from William Byrd’s Great Service – a composition rich in texture and history; comprised of Byrd’s charming motet “An earthly tree’.
“Holiday Wonders” – Annual Classical Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
At Christ Church Cathedral, the Apprentice and Concert choirs, with guests the St. Christopher Singers, shared peace, joy, and good winter tidings with hundreds of friends, family, and music lovers. in 2013 we sang wonderful holiday music that renews the festive season – from year-to-year and near-to-far. Spanning countries and centuries, the Classical Christmas Concert featured historic Renaissance masterpieces, modern holiday tunes, and beloved carols by extraordinary composers and works from Italy, Austria, Spain, Holland, Finland, England, and beyond!
Family Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
Our guests came with socks, scarves, mitts and toques… we brought the festive spirit! The Apprentice Choir and special guests The Open Door Choir @ Our Place, directed by Louise Rose, hosted our annual performance of traditional carols and novelty seasonal songs. The Family Christmas Concert is a delightful way to include generosity in holiday celebrations, featuring singing, a sweet treat, the camaraderie of family and friends – and the wacky North Pole stories of Gadget the Elf [and good friend snowflake]. Donations of socks, scarves, toques, cash/cheque, support Our Place Society.
Pacific Baroque Festival “Music for the Sun King” | Victoria, BC
Along with incredible artists (Paolo Pandolfo; Soile Stratkauskas; Marc Destrubé; Byron Schenkman; Natalie Mackie; St Christopher Singers) and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, our singers celebrated “the musical brilliance of Versailles and beyond”. The Festival featured rich, revolutionary music from the time of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and our Concert Choir singers were thrilled to present Jean Gilles “Requiem”, and Evensong music with VCC Alumni singers.
Carmen, presented by Pacific Opera Victoria | Victoria, BC
Twelve talented Victoria Children’s Choir singers played special roles in the story of dashing toreadors, leering soldiers, and free-spirited gypsies! Joining Pacific Opera Victoria for this heart-thumping, tragic tale of an intriguing cigarette girl who spurns her lover for a celebrated matador was a highlight of our 2012 Appearances.
We Scored at Anthem Night | Victoria, BC
Before the puck dropped at the Victoria Royals home game, our Apprentice Choir has already brought home a gold-worthy rendition of O Canada. Anthem Night is an important fundraiser where every dollar from VCC tickets sold sings!
Good News for Shady Creek & Black History Month Concert | Central Saanich, BC
We sang in salute to the 150th Anniversary for the Shady Creek community, and celebration of Black History Month! Choristers joined some of our favourite local musicians, including: the Louise Rose Trio, Cast and Orchestra of ‘Hairspray’ from Spectrum Community School, Victoria Good News Choir and special guests L’École Willows Elementary Students for this community concert.
The Birthday Party of a Lifetime :: Celebrating Eric Charman | Victoria, BC
It was truly an honour to sing a tribute to one of Canada’s most dedicated and enthusiastic supporters of music and arts on the occasion of his 80th birthday. A recipient of the national Edmund C. Bovey Award, the Governor General’s Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts, and the Order of Canada, Eric Charman has given countless gifts to Victoria’s music community over the past 50 years. Along with the Victoria Symphony (conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon), the Pacific Opera Victoria, and Victoria Conservatory of Music, we marked his incredible achievements and shared our “thanks” in a most appropriate musical manner.
Concert Choir Tour, Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival | Banff, AB
In a whirlwind of singing, fun, and adventure, the Concert Choir took their passion for choral music on the road! Touring Banff Alberta, as well as a few interesting stops in between, the Choir showcased their talents for new audiences, met new musicians, and shared a song (or two) with peers who also sing their hearts out!
In addition to two performances, choristers explored the Ghost Town of Revelstoke, BC; saw the wonderous Broadway musical, CATS; soaked in the natural mountain beauty (and hotsprings); soared above mountains in a Gondola; grooved to the music of Jazz A Capilano University; and enjoyed more music-inspired activities!
Apprentice Choir Tour | Chemainus, BC
Our young performers spread laughter and delight around the town of Chemainus. Choristers presented their favourite music from the season to the residents at Dove Hill House Retirement Home, explored the famous murals, enjoyed a fun beachfront lunch, and presented a special mid-afternoon concert for the public at the Chemainus bandshell.
WORLD OF SONG – “Villages & Voices” | Victoria, BC
From the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, our Concert and Apprentice choirs led audience members on a special musical journey. We heard stories of love and loss, sounds of work and play, and over twenty timeless songs that shared the joys, sorrows, and silliness of life …from Canada to Bulgaria, Finland, China, the UK, and beyond!
Our season finale Signature Concert showcases the most diverse and beautiful arrangements of our season – as well as the incredible talents of our Choristers. Spanning traditional to contemporary genres, World of Song was an entertaining and enriching music adventure, noted as “masterful, dedicated, moving, nostalgic, impressive, brilliant, uplifting, and delightful”! Thank you for joining us to escape to other places through the music of “Villages & Voices”.
Veterans Candlelight Tribute | Esquimalt, BC
We are always honoured to join the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Dockyard Branch, for a special ceremony to remember those who served in the cause of peace and freedom. 2012 was extra memorable. Amid the flicker of candlelight, we helped mark the 100th anniversary of the Naval-based town of Esquimalt – and 95 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge!
Victoria Symphony Orchestra :: Sentimental Christmas | Victoria, BC
Our choristers shared their love and joy for Christmas at the VSO’s annual Christmas Pops concerts, with the wonderful Tania Miller. Three beautiful performances!
Classical Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
The charming and moving “Messe de Minuit pour Noël”, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, bore the first notes of our French Baroque-themed holiday concert in 2012. With special accompaniment by the Victoria Baroque Players (playing on period instruments), the Choir sang the 11 traditional French Noëls that have remained popular around the world since 1690. Audience members enjoyed many more pieces in the French and holiday themes, including works by Henri du Mont (composer to Louis XIV), a first performance in North America of a composition by Paul Esterházy, the employer of Joseph Haydn and well-known seasonal music, “Walking in the Air” from the book and movie “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs, and the “Donkey Carol” by John Rutter.
The Classical Christmas Concert came with all the trimmings! Including the Choir’s usual range of early and modern carols, sing-alongs, and featuring traditional music from the country of Georgia on the Black Sea. Truly another year of celebration at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral to welcome the holiday with glorious children’s voices!
Family Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
(Fundraiser for Our Place Society) Once again our families and friends joined together to share an abundance festive spirit! The Apprentice Choir welcomed special guests The Open Door Choir @ Our Place, directed by Louise Rose, for an upbeat performance of traditional carols and novelty seasonal songs. Even Gizmo – Santa’s special elfin friend – made the journey, with friends, and stories from the North Pole. Admission by donation of socks, scarves, toques, cash/cheque supported Our Place Society.
Pacific Baroque Festival | Victoria, BC
The Concert Choir wowed the audience at Stylus Fantasticus: Music for Bishops and Emperors. Visit the Pacific Baroque Orchestra website to see: – the Choir sing Biber’s Requiem with St. Christopher Singers; – a compilation video of the Festival rehearsals; – concert photos; – a performance review by James Young.
Watch a pre-concert interview with Artistic Director, Madeleine Humer and soloist Emma Gilespie.
Pacific Opera Victoria, La Bohème | Victoria, BC
Twelve excited Choristers appear in the Pacific Opera Victoria performance La Bohème . “Puccini’s nostalgic story of young artists who live on love is one of the most renowned operas of all time. Full of youthful high spirits, intense passion, and heartbreaking tenderness, La Bohème has justly been called the greatest love story ever sung.”
CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble Concert “Joys of Spring” | Victoria, BC
No matter what the season, performing with our friends at CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble is always a joy for our Choristers. This concert was no exception as we sang many of our favourite selections from the 2010-2011 repertoire, and heard the amazing arrangements from our friends too.
Victoria Salmon Kings | Victoria, BC
We sang our hearts out before the puck droped on our favourite Canadian sport. The Recital Choir proudly performed O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner at this special fundraising game!
Friends of St. Paul’s Fundraiser | Victoria, BC
At VCC, the Canadian Forces have always been close to our hearts – and we were thrilled to help out at this important fundraiser for restoration of the historic Naval Garrison Church near CFB Esquimalt, and supporting event for the VCC Festival Tour 2011. Under direction of Madeleine Humer, this performance featured a taste of our European Tour music!
Transcendent Voices with Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra | Sooke and Metchosin, BC
Music Director, David Stratkauskas, led the Recital Choir in a captivating presentation of Brundibár (Hans Krasa), as originally performed by the children of Theresienstradt Concentration Camp in occupi ed Czechoslovakia.
Brundibar (Czech slang for bumblebee) is a heartwarming story of good triumphing over evil. This opera, performed within a play, was composed in 1938 for a competition for which the results were never announced! German occupation of Czechoslovakia forced the show to a new stage, performed by children of the Terezin Jewish ghetto – helping children and adults transcend misery and hardship. This lovely anti-war fable tells of a brother and sister who urgently need milk for their sick mother. To make money the children sing in the marketplace, much to the annoyance of the organ grinder Brundibár. As they struggle to overcome Brundibár and his cruel antics, they are joined by an array of other children…and even some well-spoken animals.
Yom HaShoah Fundraiser, Brundibar Performance | Victoria, BC
Supporting community interests is important to the VCC, and we were pleased to perform the music from Brundibar for the Kolot Mayim Reform Temple I-Witness Programme fundraiser.
World of Song – European Concert Tour Preview | Victoria, BC
Over 400 people joined our Choristers on a one-night journey from Canada to Austria – and we packed all the entertainment! At World of Song, we united musically distinct and entertaining cultures in a special preview of our Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and European Tour music, and the best selections from our season, including: – vibrant harmonies of early music and contemporary arrangements from Austria and Canada; – theatrical performances of Brundibar, and music from other award-winning Broadway shows; – arrangements exclusively arranged for the VCC by distinguished composers, including Louise Rose and Stephen Hatfield.
Candlelight Tribute for Canadian Veterans | Esquimalt, BC
Chorister’s joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Dockyard Branch, to honour those who served in the cause of peace and freedom. In the flicker of candlelight, music carried the crowd away in reflection on the legacy and the future of military service.
“Together in Song” Grace Lutheran Church Fundraiser | Victoria, BC
For many years, the Grace Lutheran welcomed VCC Choristers into their church for weekly rehearsals. We were pleased to return the favour by raising our voices and help raise money for their ministry and facility programs.
Kingcome Inlet Fundraiser | Victoria, BC
In mid-September, VCC’s Concert Choir gathered at Christ Church Cathedral to support the flood recovery efforts of First Nations village Kingcome Inlet. We were proud to lend our hands, and voices, to help the community complete repairs on their homes, and raise funds for future support services.
Fall Dinner and Mini Concert | Victoria, BC
We sang for your supper! Over 200 people took an Autumn evening to see the Victoria Children’s Choir’s first (mini) Concert of the 2011-2012 season. A hearty chili dinner was cooked by our chefs and served by multi-talented Choristers. The delectable dessert buffet both looked and tasted incredible. Many people took home a treat from our silent auction – and the Choristers performed some fun, beautiful selections from their new repertoire.
Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony | Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC
On November 11th we were honoured to join our friends and neighbours to remember the veterans who serve(d) Canada during war, armed conflict and peace.
Classical Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
Back to share a magical holiday tradition, our 11th annual holiday concert treated over 400 music-lovers to the the 11 dynamic choral movements of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and his St Nicolas cantata.
Our Concert Choir was joined by special orchestral guests under the leadership of Norman Nelson, and welcomed amazing singers from the St Christopher Singers, VCC Alumni, and tenor Isaiah Bell. Christ Church Cathedral was the perfect setting to feature the striking music abilities of all our performers. Thank you to all those who shared in our cheerful evening of song and Christmas celebrations!
Mini Concert and Fall Chili Dinner | Victoria, BC
We’re not sure which was spicier – the chili, the goodies in our silent auction, or the performance by our Choirs at this early-season performance. One thing is for sure though, everyone went home satisfied!
Remembrance Day Tribute | Victoria, BC
Spirit of the Season in the Square | Victoria, BC
Christmas Lights Across Canada | Victoria, BC
Family Christmas Concert | Sidney, BC
For the first time the Recital Choir brought their Family Christmas Concert to Sidney, BC with two back-to-back performances. As is the tradition, admission was by donation of hats, mitts, scarves, and other items that would warm more than just the hearts of those who rely on Our Place Society. We also welcomed the Wee Folks Glee Club to these special afternoon festivities.
Classical Christmas Concert | Victoria, BC
At Christ Church Cathedral the Concert and Recital Choirs paid homage to the holiday season as well as the Canadian Navy during our St Nicholas Day performance. The challenging and unique arrangements, and traditional selections, were enjoyed by approximately 500 guests who came to celebrate the start of a busy musical season in Victoria.