Chamber Orchestra steals hearts and minds in Sooke, Colwood

Sooke Philharmonic finishes another year of concerts with solid vocals and young talent

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra performing their Christmas concert

Last weekend’s pair of Christmas concerts by the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Chorus once again warmed the hearts of audiences with soothing melodies of Christmas and indeed the holiday season.

As usual, the first concert was performed at the Sooke Baptist Church and the second — by special invitation — at Royal Roads University as part of the university’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

To be a regular member of an orchestra audience is to realize a thing or two.

The first is that young people are all important to adding another perspective to the enjoyment of music, and the second is that Christmas concerts would certainly not be the same without Sooke’s own talented vocalista, Nancy Washeim. Both factors came into play this time around.

The two violin soloists playing J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor were young sisters, Robin and Marijn Butterfield, ages 11 and 13, and Nancy sang a number of favourite soprano solos from Handel’s Messiah.

On top of this, the philharmonic welcomed its new choral director, Nicholas Fairbank, who has been working with the chorus since September. This was his first concert with the chorus and orchestra.

In January, the chorus will begin preparing for Mozart’s Vespers Solennes de Confessore for the philharmonic’s upcoming concerts on March 19 and 20, so if you feel you’ll run a bit dry on orchestral performances this winter, you’re in for a treat.

The choir welcomes any new singers out there to join in, so if interested, please contact Lynda Rose, 250-642-3536.

For more information about the Sooke Philharmonic, please visit www.sookephil.ca or call 250-419-3569.

news@sookenewsmirror.com

 

Just Posted

Haber nets strong comeback in Pacific FC home game win

Vancouver Island team takes 2-0 win over Valour FC

Improvements to Sinclair Road coming

Development comes after Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA) raised concerns

Saanich councillor open to more commercial operations in local parks

Coun. Ned Taylor had raised the issue during his election campaign

Langford’s Sarah Beckett Memorial playground opens

Life of West Shore RCMP Constable honoured with new playground

Search for missing Saanich Peninsula pair ends in tragedy

Vehicle found with two deceased occupants inside

VIDEO: Here’s the news you missed this weekend

Some of the top weekend headlines from your community and beyond

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Most Read