North Island Choral Society
The Friday night concert is on! If you cannot make it because of the snow, you may use your Friday ticket to attend the Saturday afternoon concert.
The North Island Choral Society is happy to say that we started rehearsals on Sept 6th with sixty-four singers and are busy preparing for our concerts which will be held Dec 2 at 7:30 pm and Dec 3 at 2:00 pm at St George’s United Church, Courtenay. Our winter program for 2022 is an eclectic mix of festive music from British composers including Benjamin Britten (selections from “A Ceremony of Carols”), Bob Chilcott (“Midwinter”), Gustav Holst (“Christmas Day”), John Rutter (“What Sweeter Music”), Ralph Vaughan Williams (“Fantasia on Christmas Carols”), and, of course, selections from Handel’s “Messiah”. Joining us will be the NICS orchestra and soloists: Chris Bellamy and Lisa Stephens-Deith, who I know are familiar to our regular concert goers, and Jennifer Rasor who has premiered on our stage in our June 2022 concert. Tickets will go on sale early November and will be available at the Blue Heron in Comox and the House of Colour, Courtenay.
Mary Gray, President
The choir meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Membership fees are $100 per session ($10 per year for membership), $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.