History of North Island Choral Society


In the Fall 2014 NICS celebrated its 30th anniversary. Now NICS is looking forward to celebrating a 40th year anniversary in 2024.

The choir’s beginnings were in the mid 1980s with individuals wanting to stage Handel’s Messiah. Christine Purvis organized the first community choir. The first year the choir sang Handel’s Messiah, followed with Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat. Richard Walker took over as conductor a few years later followed by Vincent Dupius for a short time

In 1989 its Exec sought BC Registered Society Status.

Between 1989 and 1995 there were several artistic directors: Marcia Haley conducted for 3 years. Jane Gilchrist for one spring season. Our current accompanist, Elvera Penner joined for a short time in 1992 but took a break until 1995 when she became accompanist in the Fall of 1995 when Paul Colthorpe was hired as artistic director. NICS is fortunate to have them continue.

In 2014 NICS became a charitable organization, reporting to the Charities Branch of the Canada Revenue Agency.