New choir formed purely for the singing

No auditions or public performances for new North Saanich choir.

For those who love to sing, but get cold feet and sweaty palms at the thought of performing in front of a crowd, the Peninsula Academy of Music Arts has the perfect solution.

Beginning this Thursday (Feb. 12), the Academy is starting up a choir for adults who want to sing, without the pressure of auditioning or public performances.

“Some people just want to get together and sing,” said Diana English, who co-founded the Academy in 1987.

“I’ve had so many people ask me over the years if we were doing a choir where they didn’t have to worry about the pressure of getting ready for a performance.”

Taught by Lloyd English, the choir will go through all the warmups and practice of a regular choir, including learning a varied repertoire of songs and how to sing two and three parts.

“Part of the fun of singing in a group is learning how to sing in harmony,” said Diana.

Lloyd has over 30 years of experience in the music world, and has directed the Salt Spring Singers and Pender Island Singers for many years.

The choir has its first meeting today (Feb. 12) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Peninsula Academy of Music Arts, 1662 Mills Road in North Saanich.

Singers are requested to call ahead if they plan on attending, and can sign up at any time on a month-to-month basis. The choir meets weekly, and membership is $45 per month.

For more, visit or call 778-426-1800.