Sooke Community Choir presents its spring concert on May 12

Community choir offers easy listening music

Annual spring concert on May 12 will be all about love

If you would enjoy an evening listening to an updated repertoire of light music sung by a large and enthusiastic choir in Sooke, then mark Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. on your calendar!

This year the Sooke Community Choir is presenting a variety of songs sharing the theme of “love” in its Annual Spring Concert,  Love is in the Air.

The choir director, Sarah Wilson, chose the theme, and with input from the choir members, selected songs celebrating all kinds of love, not just romantic love!  You will recognise songs celebrating love of home, community, friendship, memories and, of course, romance.  Arrangements are in a wide variety of styles from traditional folk and musical theatre to pop and vocal jazz.

For this concert, the choir will sing several songs performed originally by well-known musicians, think Michael Jackson and Queen, but freshened up and made popular again by the TV show Glee.  Four songs have been arranged specially for the choir by Wilson.

Some special soloists will perform these songs with the choir.  Taylor Casperson is a young guest singer who will perform Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are.  John Bidner, a lead singer for Sooke Harbour Players ,who joined the choir again this session, will perform with gusto as Freddy Mercury in the rousing Somebody to Love!  The gospel rock song Lean on Me will feature some other choir members, namely Graeme Morton, Ken Butler, and Susan MacIsaac.  The always popular Bridge Over Troubled Water will feature Laura Dowhy and Roger Temple as soloists.

The choir is very fortunate to have had Katherine Russell as their very accomplished accompanist throughout the past season. For this concert the choir also welcomes Tristyn Kelley on drums and Shane Sutherland on bass, who will get our pulses racing.

Our choir director and accompanist are both young mothers, and some newer choir members also have children who love to sing. Sooke Community Choir is looking to re-establish the Sooke Children’s Choir.  Sarah is experienced in working with children and loves to do this, so is looking for children who would like to sing in a choir. Any interested families, children, parents or grandparents in the audience are invited to speak to any choir member and arrange for further contact.

With this interesting and varied program, Sarah is hoping to attract new people to come out to the concert and perhaps think of joining the choir in the fall.  New members are always welcome in our friendly community choir.

We love to see former choir members, faithful audience members and newcomers enjoying our program.  We even have two excellent door prizes.

Tickets are available in advance at South Shore Gallery, People’s Drug Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, or at the door at Holy Trinity Church on Murray Road.