It has been a big week for Capella Regalis as we get ready for the “To Bethlehem with Kings” Christmas concert mini-tour. The first concert is starting at Christ Church (Anglican) in Windsor NS in about two hours. Tomorrow we’re performing in Lunenburg at St John’s Anglican and winding things up in Halifax at First Baptist Church on Sunday night.
We’re really excited to be taking our third annual Christmas concert on the road this year.
This week brought exciting news for our Founder and Artistic Director Nick Halley. Nick has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, by His Honour Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. The Investiture ceremony will be at the beginning of February.
Last evening, December 4th, the choir sang its final Evensong for this semester. Today we received this lovely email:
“Last night Capella Regalis sang their last Evensong of the Michaelmas Term at King’s. I want to share with you my enthusiasm for the choir as they reach a new high stage of quality and range in their singing. “Adam lay ybounden” as the Introit, Psalm 23 to Turle, Canticles to Stanford, a devilishly (or angelicly) hard anthem by Byrd, and “Lo He Comes” with a descant which left me with goose pimples from the top of my head all the way down!
I know of nothing more hopeful in the College and in the North American Church than the creation and ever greater success of this choir.
Make hearing them part of building your hope for His Coming this Advent.”
Dr Wayne J. Hankey
Carnegie Professor and Chairman
Department of Classics with Religious Studies
Dalhousie University and Kings College
Thank you, Dr Hankey for these kind words and your support of Capella Regalis.
It’s Advent – where did November go?
We’ve been busy! On November 10th, we gave a concert at St John’s Anglican (Lunenburg) hosted by the Hon. J.J. Grant, Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia.
In between our morning rehearsal and the evening concert, Nick and Liz hosted the choir for lunch in their new home on the South Shore. There was time to explore outside as well.
In Capella Regalis, a boy’s singing career doesn’t end when his voice changes, and former prefect Luke made his concert debut in the men’s section that night.
Two days later, on November 12, we had our annual Investiture Service. At this service we formally welcomed 5 new boys into the choir: Liam, Riley, Abush, Makye, and North. We also appointed our prefects for the year, Alistair and Phineas; and our Head Boy, Gabe.
Last Sunday, November 25, six of our boys joined Dinuk Wijerante, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, The King’s Chorus, and soloists Susan Boddie, Andrew Pickett and Ross Thompson in a sold out performance of Carmina Burana.
Our next big event is our annual Christmas concert, To Bethlehem with Kings. This year, we’re taking the concert on the road to Windsor (Christ Church Anglican) on Friday December 21, Lunenburg (St John’s Anglican Church) on Saturday December 22, and Halifax (Firs t Baptist Church) on December 23. All concerts start at 7pm. Ticket prices vary, please see our Events page for ticket pricing and purchase details.
Our final Evensong for the term will be this Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the King’s College Chapel,6350 Coburg Road, Halifax. Music by Boris Ord, C. V. Stanford, William Byrd and J.S. Bach.