North Island Choral Society
North Island Choral Society is a mixed voice community choir which sings classical and traditional music. We are located in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island BC. 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, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Requiem. There is also a Spring Concert usually in April.
The Spring 2019 concert will feature “The Thee Bs” Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. Brahms’ Requiem and Cantata No 4 by Bach. Christ lag in Todes Banden. These two choral pieces are about death, but also about renewal and regeneration that spring promises. There will also be a solo piano piece by Beethoven.
To download a short article which will be in a January edition of The Record, click here January 2019 news release.
This fall, 2018 the choir performed carols by Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and John Rutter’s Magnificat. “A Fantasy of English Carols”; both concerts were very well attended.
The choir meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Mark Isfeld School 1551 Lerwick Road. Courtenay.
Membership fees are $70 per session, $30 for students, Winter and Spring sessions.
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 instrumentalists 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