Sing We Now of Christmas ends a two-year concert hiatus with events in New Westminster, Surrey, Delta, and North Vancouver – plus, a brand new digital concert experience!
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (VWMC) is pleased to announce its 2021 Christmas Concert Series, Sing We Now of Christmas! Ending a two-year concert hiatus, VWMC will be singing at four Lower Mainland venues this December, as well as presenting an online performance.
As is customary for VWMC Christmas Concerts, the choir will be supporting young musicians by sharing the stage with three high school choral ensembles, as well as two emerging vocalists who are the recipients of the choir’s 2021 student bursaries. The VWMC will also be joined by two outstanding local instrumentalists, saxophonist Julia Nolan and flutist Paolo Bortolussi. Guest artists will vary for each performance, with a full lineup listed on the VWMC website.
The Delta performance is set for Monday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at South Delta Baptist Church. The South Delta Secondary Choir will also perform.
“Rehearsing together again has been a real joy, and having the singers more spread apart has resulted in some unexpected benefits,” says music director Jonathan Quick. “They are embracing their individual roles more, and they are singing really well.”
VWMC is following all COVID-19 protocols set in place by the current Provincial Health Orders and will take the stage at each concert with a smaller complement of singers, each performer fully vaccinated. All patrons aged 12 and over must also provide proof of full vaccination. Except for provincial exemptions, all patrons aged five and over must wear face masks when inside the venue, including during the performance.
“For the last 20 months, I have missed the personal touch of choir camaraderie but even more I have missed the exciting satisfaction and emotional high associated with performing for an appreciative live audience,” added VWMC president Simon Baker. “It has been an honour for me to lead such a talented and dedicated group of choristers, so committed to music and to presenting great performances to our patrons.”
New for 2021 will be a digital concert professionally recorded at Shaughnessy Heights United Church. Beginning Dec. 18, patrons will have access to this online event at their leisure from the comfort of their homes, through to the New Year. The performance will provide a safe option for those living at seniors’ residences across the Lower Mainland who would otherwise be unable to attend. It will also allow VWMC’s followers from near and far to share the joy of Christmas.Tickets are available for immediate purchase. To avoid disappointment, advance purchase is recommended. For more information, please visit https://vancouverchoir.ca/tickets-events/.