Three choirs mini-festival at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Anglican Church has become a favourite Peninsula performance venue for several Victoria choirs

SAANICHTON — St. Mary’s Anglican Church has become a favourite Peninsula performance venue for several Victoria choirs and between now and Christmas St. Mary’s will host concerts by three of these choirs which will provide a wide variety of familiar and not so familiar Christmas music for audiences.

On Sunday, Nov. 24 the UVic Chamber Singers conducted by Garry Froese will perform at 2:30 p.m. as part of St. Mary’s Sunday Serenade series of concerts.

The 24-member auditioned ensemble is part of the Music Program of the UVic School of Music and is making its first visit to St. Mary’s. Singers will be performing selections from their Christmas repertoire. Tickets are $15, children 12 and under free.

On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. the church will welcome back the popular Soundings Vocal Ensemble and its music director Denis Donnelly for what has become a Christmas tradition for audiences at St. Mary’s.

Soundings concerts are always an entertaining and innovative mix of music from many traditions, including arrangements by Denis himself. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students.

Finally, on Monday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. St. Mary’s hosts the return of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” performed by a narrator and Vox Humana under the direction of Brian Wismath.

The narration of the whimsical poem by Dylan Thomas, interspersed with Christmas music sung by one of Victoria’s preeminent choirs, was a great hit last year at St. Mary’s. Admission is by donation.

For more information on the concerts visit the St. Mary’s website at www.stmarysanglican.com.

— News staff