Sea Cantata Concert

As part of this year’s Peninsula ArtSea Festival, Via Choralis, an adult choir based on the Saanich Peninsula, and the Viva Youth Choirs will be presenting a major concert of choral works with orchestra featuring Nicholas Fairbank’s Sea Cantata. Victoria composer Fairbank is also Artistic Director of both groups and will be conducting the concert. Based on texts about sailing and the ocean by Robert Service, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lucy Maude Montgomery and Carl Sandburg, amongst others, the Cantata is a 30-minute work for the combined choirs with the ArtSea Festival Orchestra. Also on the programme will be Handel’s Water Music.

Via Choralis is an auditioned 40-voice chamber choir on the Saanich Peninsula. Founded in 1999, they perform an eclectic repertoire that ranges from medieval chant to contemporary works. Via Choralis presents three major concerts throughout the year, one of which is usually with orchestra, at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney. One of the choir’s mandates is to encourage and promote young singers through bursaries, scholarships and performance opportunities.

Membership in theViva Youth Choirs, now in their 22nd year, is open to all children in the Capital Region between the ages of six and eighteen years. Viva’s goals are to provide an all-round choral education to its members through weekly rehearsals and public performances, developing self-confidence, discipline, and musical ability in its members, and spreading the joy of music making.

Nicholas Fairbank is well known to Victoria audiences as an organist, harpsichordist and conductor. A sailor himself, Fairbank presently owns a 41-foot sloop and has sailed extensively in the Caribbean and the Pacific as well as locally – experiences that he drew upon in writing the Cantata. His complete catalogue of compositions lists over 50 works for all combinations of performers and his music has been performed across North America and in Europe. In 2006 he was made an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

The concert takes place on Sunday October 16th, at 7:30 pm (doors open 7:00 pm) at St. Elizabeth’s RC Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at Tanner’s Books in Sidney.