In Concert with Laura Smith

As the picture above hints at, our next concert is a program of pieces all dealing with the human journey – through life, love, death, and renewal. Entirely listenable choral music, including tunes by Billy Joel and Pete Seeger, and the great American mountain gospel tune “Angel Band” like you’ve never heard it, arranged for 8-part choir.
Add to this the incredibly honest, poignant, and beautiful songs and voice of Laura Smith and you can see why we’re excited!

Friday Nov. 4, 7:00 – Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere

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Saturday Nov. 5, 7:00 – St. Stephen Anglican Church, Chester

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Here we go!

It’s that time of year! We’re at it again.
Come join us – you won’t regret it. Inviting, encouraging, uplifting, sometimes exhausting, always respectful, and usually quite fun!

Singing with the SSC is really, really good for you! (and for us, too)

Welcoming singers in all sections. Rehearsals are Monday evening 7:00 – 9:00 at Bridgewater United Church.

a big change of plans

After much thought and discussion we’ve decided to postpone our production of HMS Pinafore. The weather played a big part in this decision, as you can imagine. Our hope is the set sail with Pinafore in the early Fall of 2015 – details to come.

This doesn’t mean no Spring concert. Quite the opposite. We’re in high gear, putting together a great program including some of our favourites from the past few years…and absolutely no mention of snow! We’re also welcoming the fabulous sax player Tristan De Borba (http://www.tristandeborba.com/) to join us. Very exciting.

Members that have been trapped by snow – come back. Join us. It’s not too late.
Members that have been travelling south… we still love you (as long as you don’t have a tan). Come back. Join us. It’s not too late.

The weather has also caused us to change rehearsal venues – so we’re now rehearsing at the United Church in Bridgewater. This week we start at 7:30pm, usually it’s or regular time.
Questions – email director@southshorechorale.com

SSC to set sail on the HMS Pinafore

A call to singers!
Ahoy… the SSC will be setting sail on the HMS Pinafore in late April. Rehearsals start Monday January 12.

We will be presenting a concert version (music only) of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ever-popular HMS Pinafore. We’re welcoming new singers for the next couple weeks. If you are interested, or if you know someone who might be, please spread the word.
Rehearsals are Monday evening 7-9pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church hall, Bridgewater.

amid the cold of winter

We’re at it again! Our annual Christmas concert will be on December 21, 4:00pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgewater. Only one concert this year – you won’t want to miss it. We’re thrilled to once again welcome the fabulous folk duo Pennbrook to share the stage with us.

O Valiant Hearts

O Valiant Hearts

Baritone Gregory Servant had heard of composer Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs Of The Fleet before but had never sung it until he was asked to perform it at South Shore Chorale’s upcoming concert.

The moment he listened to it, he felt it was “an unjustly neglected masterpiece.” Late Victorian works such as this are often looked down upon as outmoded, said Servant, “but there’s nothing old-fashioned about this score.”“It is profoundly beautiful,” said Servant, a voice teacher at Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts who has performed in opera halls from Zurich to New York.

Featuring the poems of Sir Henry Newbolt, the five-movement work for baritone and chorus looks back over Britain’s tradition of service to the sea with orchestral beauty, he said.“It captures some aspect of the sea, the ocean, in every movement,” Servant said, starting with a sense of new beginnings as a ship sets sail in the opening movement, Sailing at Dawn.“It’s quite a masterpiece. It is extraordinarily beautiful and the audience is really in for a treat,” he said.

The concert, titled O Valiant Hearts, will include works by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley with selections from Requiem and Halifax’s Alexander Tilley’s In Flanders Fields, among others. Conductor John Scott said the program will be punctuated by some of the great English hymns, which he described as “poignant in their lyric of the great sacrifices made during times of war.”

 

In recognition of Remembrance Day, the 100th Anniversary of WWI, and a keen awareness of the recent tragedies in Ottawa and Montreal, Scott said Newbolt’s words hold a timeless sentiment; “Mother, with unbowed head Hear thou across the sea The farewell of the dead, The dead who died for thee. For, saving thee, themselves they could not save. Greet them again with tender words and brave”.

O Valiant Hearts will be performed at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30pm and at First Baptist Church in Halifax Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for the Halifax concert and $12 for the performance in Lunenburg. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Save the Dates!

South Shore Chorale with guests Pennybrook.
A journey through the beautiful and haunting folk musics of the Appalachian region. Old time, early American folk, mountain gospel, and Shape Note hymns punctuated by the sounds of Pennybrook – Charlie Wilson, Irish flutes and whistle, and Jude Pelley, guitar, mandolin, Appalachian dulcimer.

Three concerts:
MAY 3 – Lunenburg – 2PM – St. John’s Anglican Church Hall 64 Townsend St
MAY 3 – Petite Riviere – 7:30PM – Wesley United Church 22 Drews Hill Rd
MAY 4 – Bridgewater – 3:00PM – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 25 Phoenix St
Tickets $12:00. Children under 12 FREE
Available at Shop On The Corner -Lunenburg
River House Rug Hooking Studio – Petite Riviere,
choir members, and at the door.

 

Startup 2014 Winter Session

Our rehearsals will be Monday nights 7 to 9 PM starting January the 6th 2014 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church (hall) in Bridgewater. Dues are $35.00 for the session. Students sing for free.

For more information contact SSC President Mary-Jane Davison at 527-1290