Discovering Your Voice

Once more the Chorale, joined by the Sacred Heart, Seaton Elementary and St. Anthony Daniel Choirs, took part in the world's largest regular singing event "Voices for Hospices 2009" in an October 4th performance at Sacred Heart Church in Sydney.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.  All proceeds from this concert will go to the support of hospices and palliative care in Cape Breton. thumb_dinposter

Voices for Hospices is the key activity for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years. Concerts take place around the world to raise funds and awareness for local hospice and palliative care services.

The theme this year is “Discovering your voice” highlighting the need for the voices of people affected by life-limiting illness, their families and carers to be heard.

How it began

Voices for Hospices grew out of a ‘Come & Sing’ event for the Princess Alice Hospice in the UK in 1988. The first official Voices for Hospices event took place in 1991. The number of events grew rapidly and with the launch of the first World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in 2005, there were activities in over 70 countries.

Millions of pounds have been raised over the years, thousands of people have been involved and the issues facing those with a life-limiting illness has been featured on television, radio and in the printed media.

About hospice and palliative care

Hospice and palliative care, which is provided in a variety of settings including hospices, people’s homes, hospitals and the community, improves the quality of life of patients and their families. It aims to provide the best possible care for people living with and dying from a life-limiting illness and helps prevent and relieve suffering through pain and symptom relief as well through practical help, emotional and spiritual support.

About the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is an activity of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. The WPCA is a network of national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations with a vision of a world with universal access to quality palliative care.

The day is facilitated by Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care in the UK, on behalf of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.

A Salute

thumb_poster09sforweb For its annual spring concert the Chorale offered a salute Felix Mendelssohn and George Frideric Handel in the performance of excerpts from their famed oratorios, respectively, Elijah and Messiah .  The offering commemorated the years of Mendelssohn's birth (February 3, 1809 - November 4, 1847) and Handel's death (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759).   Presented on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. in St Andrew's Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS. the program also included selections of the composers' instrumental works. 

Both considered masterpieces, Elijah and Messiah are among the most popular biblical choral works, being rich in grandeur and favored for their stirring choruses.  The Chorale has performed Elijah in its entirety with the Nova Scotia Symphony in Halifax and in Sydney with St. Andrews' organ.  The Messiah choruses have been a continuing part of Chorale repertoire, frequently sung in celebration of various seasons of the church calendar.

Sing Gloria!

thumb_7412web.jpg Celebrating its 35th season, the Cape Breton Chorale presented its thirty-sixth consecutive Christmas concert on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in St Andrew's Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS. Many consider the Chorale's Christmas presentation as the kick-off of the holiday season and this year it continued to draw an appreciative audience. The accompanying photo shows the 1974 Chorale in warm-up rehearsal at Sydney CJCB-TV studios prior to a Christmas TV presentation. Six of the twenty-four members in this photo took  part in this year's concert.

thumb_posterx08.jpg Entitled "Sing Gloria", this year's presentation featured "Glorias" by Vivaldi, Rutter and others in an eclectic mix of sacred and secular Christmas favourites - some familiar to the ear and some in new and different arrangements. As usual, the audience was asked to join the Chorale in celebrating the Christmas season with a selection of well-known carols.


Songs of Home

thumb_poster0805.jpgThe Chorale presented its annual spring offering on Sunday, May 4 2008, at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew's United Church on Bentinck Street in Sydney.  This year's program previewed the Chorale's scheduled Unisong 2008 performances at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.  It highlighted the works of Canadian composers and arrangers whith emphasis on the music of Atlantic Canada.

The Chorale has been invited to represent Nova Scotia at the twelfth anniversary of UNISONG (June 28-July 2, 2008) in Ottawa. It will join in a massed choir comprised of choirs from every province on the Main Stage of Canada’s National Arts Centre, with an expected audience of 2,300 each of three times, in two of which it will be singing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  In addition to the three massed concerts under Guest Conductor, Dr. Mark Sirette, and under the aegis of the National Arts Centre, the Chorale will perform in at least 3 shared concerts with its own conductor, Sr. Rita Clare in the Rotunda of Parliament, a local church, and the Foyer Stage of the National Arts Centre.

The Magic of Christmas

thumb_xms07poster.jpg The Chorale's annual Christmas concert was presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2007, at St. Andrew's United Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.  Entitled "The Magic of Christmas", the program was an eclectic choral introduction to the holiday season.

For this presentation, the Chorale was joined by the choir of St. Anthony Daniel Church under the direction of Chorale member Rosemary McGhee.

The Chorale took advantage of this occasion to present recipients with the proceeds from its recent charitable fund-raising efforts.  In early October the Voices for Hospices Concert raised $4500 for Hospices/Palliative Care in Cape Breton and Cameroon, and the November Remembrance Concert raised $2000 for Cape Breton's ten Food Banks.