Boys like (from left) Eytan Grubner, Manvir Gupna and Daniel Lee are getting ready for their performance as part of the British Columbia Boys Choir in Parksville, taking place Dec. 10. — HA Photography photo

Boys choir to perform in Parksville

British Columbia Boys Choir to bring Christmas tunes

Knox presents Christmas with the British Columbia Boys Choir on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Knox United Church.

This travelling choir of 30 boys and young men, between the ages of nine and 24 years, trains under the direction of Edette Gagné and is one of North America’s few four-part, secular boys choirs.

“The pure tone of the boys’ voices is almost magical. To describe the sound is beyond words… it is something that connects with the soul,” said Jenny Vincent, a highly acclaimed Canadian organist and the music director for Knox United Church. “This British Columbia Boys Choir will bring to their audience the awe and mystery of Christmas through their singing of traditional and new carols.”

The choir draws its members from the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. These performers gain many valuable experiences as they represent Canada in other countries.

Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2018, the choir has won international acclaim throughout Canada, the Netherlands, the United States, Europe, the Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Asia. The choir has trained more than 1,000 members, who have represented Canada on 35 international tours. Programs include sacred and secular works, selections from musicals, opera and folk songs from around the world, and feature repertoire spanning centuries, from Gregorian chants to 21st-century works.

Expect to be charmed by these songsters as they perform many popular tunes in their unique four-part harmonies. As well, audiences can look forward to hearing their popular interpretations of some of the classic, seasonal numbers that help make this time of year so warm and festive.

Knox is honoured to be working with the British Columbia Boys Choir to bring this event to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

The performance takes place Sunday, Dec. 10 at Knox United Church (345 Pym St.) starting at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults or $15 for students in advance, or $28 for adults and $15 for students at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Parksville and Qualicum Mulberry Bush Bookstores, the Port Theatre by calling 250-754-8550 or www.porttheatre.com, and at Knox United Church by calling 250-248-3927.

— Submitted by Beth Brown

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