The JOurney middle school strings

Journey middle school strings kept busy

Students play with the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players

Journey middle school strings students performed to a packed audience twice when they joined the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players and Chorus for the Season’s Splendour performances in Sooke and in Metchosin.

The students were given a very warm and enthusiastic welcome by Wade Noble, the conductor of the Sooke Phil’s Chamber Players and Chorus. Noble’s enthusiasm continued as he told the audiences about the JMS strings program and the efforts to keep the program alive. Performing while the chorus and audience sang was a fantastic experience for these kids and a great way to start the holiday season.

Karam Barzekar, father of Tala and Arman said, “As parents we really appreciate the unique opportunity for our children to play with the Sooke Philharmonic. Their incredible support, generosity and volunteer efforts to help the students is priceless. Of course I am extremely proud of all the students’ accomplishments. They have worked hard to learn the string instrument and music has now become a strong pillar for life’s future success.”

Both performances ended with well deserved standing ovations — another very exciting moment for our talented young musicians.

Submitted by Deb Wood