North Island Choral Society
North Island Choral Society is a community choir which sings classical and traditional music. Joining the choir does not require an audition, just a love of music and a desire to sing. Reading music while desirable is not necessary. The choir presents two concerts a year, one in December when it performs major works which have included Bach’s Magnificat, Medelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s requiem. Handel’s Messiah is performed every few years at Christmas time.
The first concert series is on Friday and Saturday November 3rd and 4th. Built around the theme of “Remembrance of War” and featuring Gabriel Fauré’s elegant and timely “Requiem.” It will also include short readings from poets of the First World War, such as Dr. John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” and a selection of songs suited to this important time of year.
In the work by Fauré, the Choir will be joined by the Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble (under the direction of Jennifer Riley and Denise Marquette). It will make the production all the more memorable. Enriched by the youthful voices of the Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, the two November concerts promise a choral presence of almost 100 voices.
For our regular December concert series on December 1st and 2nd, the North Island Choral Society will present a sing-along version of Handel’s ever-popular “Messiah”. Soloists will be Megan Skidmore (soprano), Lisa Stephens-Deith (contralto), David Brown (tenor) and Christopher Bellamy (bass).
The choir meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Mark Isfeld School on Lerwick Road. Courtenay.
Membership fees are $50 per session, $30 for students, Winter and Spring sessions.
Please note that the first rehearsal will be at Comox United Church on September 5th 2017.
Paul Colthorpe – Artistic Director
Paul arrived in the Comox Valley in 1991 with his Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Education (U. Vic.), He has taught secondary school band and choir and elementary classroom music. He is also Director of Music Ministries at Comox United Church. His mantra of “music by and for the community” has served him well. He has been the Artistic Director of the North Island Choral Society for more than 20 years and is proud of the choir’s many accomplishments and continued growth.
Elvera Penner – Accompanist
Elvera, an accomplished musician, has been working with soloists, choirs and intrumentalists since leaving high school. She has earned her Associate of the Royal Toronto Conservatory (ARTC) and teaches piano as well as accompanying church community and school choirs. Elvera has been with the North island Choral Society since 1992.
Photo by Terry Penney