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2 PQB choirs present ‘Happy Together’ concert in Parksville April 27

Village Voices of Qualicum Beach and A Cappella Plus will team up for spring show
A Capella Plus (above) and the Village Voices of Qualicum Beach (below) will host a spring concert on April 27 in Parksville. (Contributed photos)

The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach and A Cappella Plus will team up for a spring choral concert in Parksville on April 27.

‘Happy Together!’ will start at 2:30 p.m. at Knox United Church (345 Pym St.), according to a news release.

This choral afternoon will feature The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach along with A Cappella Plus from Nanaimo under the leadership of artistic director, Patricia Plumley.

The program includes the massed choirs singing Vivaldi’s classic ‘Gloria’, plus the Swahili ‘Sisi Kushangilia’ which means “we will be glad.”

“Pretty much the entire program is upbeat and our salute to spring. We’ve got an afternoon of fun planned and hope folks will get their toes tapping and enjoy some laugh-out-loud moments,” said Plumley.

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“I’m so pleased to have these two choirs performing together.”

As a large concert choir, the Village Voices have a set that showcases a range that includes everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Duke Ellington, to Cyndi Lauper.

A Cappella Plus is a smaller experience for the audience.

They will sing Kings Singers arrangement of ‘The Barber of Seville’ plus an arrangement of ‘Rain is a Good Thing’ done by Vancouver Island musician, Nico Rhodes. Both choirs also include works from the English choral composer John Rutter.

At the helm of both groups, Plumley always knew a collaboration would make a memorable concert.

“These singers are so talented and bring such a warmth to their performances…it’s evident in the audience following they have. This concert, bringing the two groups together will be amazing.”

Together with accompanist Andrea Lahmer, join the choirs for a “soul-filling and uplifting” afternoon of choral fun.

The program also includes the laugh-out-loud ‘I Just Want to Sing in a Choir’.

Tickets are available online at or or at the door (cash only).

They can be purchased for $25 for adults, $12.50 for youth/students and children 12 and under are free. There will be one intermission, door prizes and a silent auction.

— NEWS Staff