Choirs singing for a cause in Ladner concert

Get set for an afternoon of inspiring music.

The BC Girls Choir comes to Ladner United Church on Sunday, March 10 as part of the Sunday @3 Concert Series.

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The 60-women and girls choir, which recently won the highest prize in international competition, will join the Zephyra Women’s Choir to raise funds for the Saint James Music Academy (SJMA).

“Choosing the SJMA as the recipient of our concert funds was a natural choice for these women and girls,” said director Fiona Blackburn. “Our mission - giving voice, changing lives, creating extraordinary music - is to use our voices to change the lives of others, either with the music itself, or by tangibly giving funds to other societies that also bring about social change.”

The mission of the Saint James Music Academy – to inspire Vancouver’s inner city youth to bring social transformation through the power and joy of music -- aligns perfectly with both the BC Girls Choir and Zephyra Women’s Choir.

When cuts to public school funding meant Vancouver’s inner city children had limited or no access to quality music education, the academy opened its doors.

The academy now impacts the lives of hundreds of children who attend after-school instrumental and choral programs. The children, in turn, become competent musicians and leaders by discovering team building, cooperation and the collective pursuit of excellence.

“What the BC Girls Choir provides its singers is 100 per cent aligned with what the SJMA is doing for the children of East Vancouver,” added Blackburn. “When our singers understand that their voices can make a difference, whether it be here in Metro Vancouver or much further afield, they are filled with incredible purpose and a real drive to do well for themselves and others.

“My conducting colleague, Sandra Meister, and I have created a concert of song that showcases the women and girls singing everything from Bach and spirituals to favourites such as What a Wonderful World.”

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.



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