From left: Lorrie Shaw, Alistair McVey and and Brigitte Stefani perform in the Cantando Singers’ spring 2018 performance. The group is back Dec. 8 for their holiday performance at Knox church. — Submitted by Ann Barber

From 16th century carols to Baby It’s Cold Outside for Parksville concert

Cantando Singers performing ‘Christmas Is A Comin’ concert Dec. 8

Local group the Cantando Singers are holding their annual winter holiday concert, Christmas Is A Comin’, bringing a wide variety of music from Renaissance carols to a coral arrangement of Gordon Lightfoot’s Song for a Winter’s Night and more.

Taking place Dec. 8 in Knox United Church’s lounge, the group’s conductor, Ann Barber, said they specialize in intimate concerts. They currently have 13 members and sing without piano accompaniment.

“The group started off as being sort of early music specialists, but now we do a much wider array of things from Renaissance right up to the ’40s and ’50s,” said Barber.

That includes 16th century French and English Carols to Baby It’s Cold Outside, Holly Jolly Christmas and others.

“It’s quite a mix.”

Practising since September, the group is particularly excited to perform Song for a Winter’s Night, written by Lightfoot, but arranged by young B.C. composer/computer scientist Robin Salkeld, said Barber.

“We’re doing a song that was… arranged by Joan Gosselin who was a very long-time music teacher and choral conductor herself in Qualicum. It’s Go Tell It on the Mountain,” said Barber. “She’s passed on now about 10 years ago, but many people would recognize her name.”

They’ll also be performing an arrangement of Robert Frost’s poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, and of course the concert’s titular song, Christmas Is A Comin’.

The concert takes place at Knox church (345 Pym. St, Parksville) on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the lounge.

Admission is $12 at the door, with sales beginning at about 6:30 p.m.

The Cantando Singers are also always looking for more members. Anyone interested can contact Barber at ajbarber@shaw.ca.

Just Posted

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to campaign in Port Alberni

Singh joins Courtenay-Alberni candidate for rally to kick off final weekend before election

Touring exhibit from Royal B.C. Museum highlights First Nations languages

Qualicum Beach Museum will be home to a variety of interactive stations

‘Dirty Money’ in Nanoose Bay: Dr. Peter German to speak at ElderCollege

‘This is an evolving study’: presenting up-to-date information on B.C. organized crime

Winter preparation underway for mid-Island highways

Drivers reminded to ready vehicles for changing conditions

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

West Kelowna business facing charges after six bears killed over littering

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

One person hurt in crash at busy Nanaimo intersection

Minivan, sport utility vehicle collide at old Island Highway, Bowen Road and Norwell Drive

Most Read