The Ladner Glee Choir has played a significant role in Delta’s local music scene for almost four decades, but the choir director is looking to pass the torch this year.
Jane Pallan, the former director of the choir since 1982, led the choir to perform at various local care facilities in Delta, White Rock, Richmond, and Tsawwassen.
They initially practiced at Pallan’s residence, later relocating their rehearsals to the Ladner United Church.
“Music has always been a big part of my life,” Pallan said. “Singing here was a wonderful way to express myself.”
It wasn’t until 2018 that Pallan retired, and Mavis Weston stepped into the director’s role, with Lorraine Jarvis accompanying on piano.
Weston began as a soloist at a young age, performing mainly in Vancouver and Australia. She shared her sentiments about the Ladner Glee Choir, calling it a very special experience.
“I’ve done school choirs, opera, musicals, but this club, to me, is very special,” Weston said. “They are a caring group of women.”
The Ladner Glee Choir typically holds a Christmas concert and another performance in the spring. In addition, they also perform at club luncheons and special social events such as the Ladner United Church Sunday Concert @3, organized by Pat Rogers.
Drusilla Harding, the choir’s event organizer and a choir member, has been with the group for more than 20 years.
“I love singing, and being able to sing in the homes was very satisfying because of the joy it brings to those who are unable to sing or do much else,” Harding said. “Music just brightens their day.”
However, with Jarvis planning to take leave this year, Weston has also considered retirement.
“Lorraine and I worked very well together; for an accompanist and director, it’s all about teamwork, so I thought it’s time for me to step back,” Weston said.
Weston also mentioned that the choir welcomes new members, as having more than one person in each choir section would be ideal.
“This club has been very soul-satisfying,” Pallan added. “We just don’t want to see it fold up because we feel we are a significant part of the community.”
For those interested in joining the Ladner Glee Choir, please feel free to contact Mavis Weston at 604-948-6955 or email her at email@example.com.