Kings Chorale begins its new season in a new rehearsal venue tonight! We look forward to rehearsing in the hall of the Berwick Baptist Church. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30.

We are excited to be preparing a concert of music set to poetry of Robbie Burns! Different from our usual fare, but exciting nonetheless. Looking forward to a performance on January 25, 2013 on Robbie Burns Day!

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Members of Kings Chorale shucking corn prior to our annual corn boil on August 27, 2012

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Congratulations to Kings Chorale, the Baroque N’ Fiddle String Quartet, cellist Colin Matthews, mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton, bassist Pam Mason, and narrator Charles Bull for an excellent performance at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It was a wonderful way to comemorate the sinking of the Titanic and pay tribute to all who lost their lives.

Thanks to composer Donald Patriquin for his very moving Requiem on poetry by Wolfgang Kater. And thanks to Donald as well for attending both concerts.

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In commemoration of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago, Kings Chorale will present two concerts entitled TITANIC REMEMBERED: RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS. These will take place on Saturday, April 28 at Wolfville Baptist Church and on Sunday, April 29 in Halifax at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Both concerts will take place at 7:30 pm.

The concert will explore music contemporary music of the era that would have been familiar to passengers aboard the Titanic. Interspersed with those pieces will be commentary about the ship, the sinking, and connections to Nova Scotia.

The centrepiece for the concert will be TITANIC REQUIEM by Quebec composer Donald Patriquin. It will feature mezzo-soprano, Christianne Rushton as well as the Baroque N’ Fiddle String Quartet.

If you are interested in reserving tickets for either of these concerts, please send a message to conductor@kingschorale.ca

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We had a very successful corn boil last evening. Lots of good food and friends. A great way to kick start the season. Thanks to Ruth and Robert Clark for hosting this event! Check out the new photos!

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Kings Chorale is about to begin its 30th season! We are planning an exciting season that includes Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as well as other seasonal works in our Christmas concert. In the spring we will recognize the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in a concert entitled Titanic Remembered: Recollections and Reflections. This concert will include music that would have been familiar at the time the Titanic sailed as well as Donald Patriquin’s Titanic Requem.

Kings Chorale rehearses at Berwick United Church on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30. We will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 12. New singers are always welcome.

If you are interested in singing with this non-auditioned community choir, please click on the contact button to contact the conductor.

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Join us in Windsor at Christ Church on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 for a concert of outstanding choral music! Guest organist John Scott will be performing with the choir in works by Joseph Jongen, Herbert Howells, Gabriel Faure,  Pablo Casals, Stephanie Martin, and Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

Tickets are $10 and available from members of the choir or at the door.

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A dozen members of Kings Chorale recently travelled to New York City to make our debut at Carnegie Hall! We were part of a larger choir participating in a DCINY program that brings singers from all over the world together for a weekend to prepare and perform large choral works with orchestra. Choirs in this performance came from all over the United States as well as Ireland and South Africa. Two works were performed: the US premiere of Gloria by Karl Jenkins as well as his Stabat Mater. Our choir was involved in the Gloria and sang a few “bits” of the Stabat Mater from the boxes in Carnegie Hall. It was interesting to watch as the audience began to look around for the source of this ethereal sound seeming to emanate from the heavens.

Karl Jenkins, a Welsh composer, put in an appearance, talked about his work, and signed many autographs!

As usual with these events, people made new friends and experienced new levels of music making!

Of course, it wasn’t all music! There was shopping, Broadway shows, shopping, the Opera, shopping, museum visits, shopping, the Empire State building, shopping, Grand Central Station, shopping, and a fabulous reception after the performance. Did I mention shopping?

All in all it was a wonderful trip. We all returned home exhausted but exhilarated!

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Having had a very successful concert on December 12 as well as an extremely successful pot luck afterward (Thanks, Wilma and Richard!), we are now ready to head into a new term.

Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, January 3rd at 7:30 at Berwick United Church. New members are always welcome, so feel free to be in touch and let me know if you are interested in joining us!

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Our Christmas Concert entitled Gloria! will be held in the Performance Centre of Horton High School on Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm. This performance will feature the Baroque favourite by Vivaldi and the just released Gloria by Karl Jenkins.

Admission will be $10 and tickets will be available in advance from members of Kings Chorale or at the door!

Hope to see you there!

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