The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach has been bringing choral music to Parksville-Qualicum audiences for 30 years, but when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the organization faced one of the biggest challenges in its history.
Rehearsals were done online and performances went virtual.
“We pivoted as quickly as we could to virtual rehearsals,” said artistic director for the organization, Patricia Plumley. “This gave singers the chance to work on their own vocal, musical and technical skills but that joy of creating music together is something we’ve only been able to return to this fall in a safe and organized way. We’re so excited to be singing in person again.”
As vaccination rates continue to climb, The Village Voices will once again welcome audience members for a scaled-back version of its fall concert, ‘Songs for a Winter’s Night’. The afternoon concert offers seasonal choral favourites, with a bit of Christmas thrown in.
Selections include; John Rutter (‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ and ‘Christmas Lullaby’); a bit of musical theatre (‘Carousel’, ‘Finian’s Rainbow’, ‘The Greatest Showman’); plus classical; gospel; and Gordon Lightfoot.
The show aims to offer something for everyone.
“The repertoire is a mix of styles that really showcases the talent of our singers,” said Plumley.
The concert will be one set, but will not have an intermission, door prizes, paper tickets or programs. Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of $15.
COVID safety protocols will be in place. All attendees will be screened for vaccination status before entry and will be required to wear a face mask and observe physical distancing.
The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, and will be held at the Christian Fellowship Centre (825 Village Way in Qualicum Beach).
Further information can be found at www.thevillagevoices.ca.
– NEWS Staff, submitted